Jamaican model: Trump shorted my pay by $200,000

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Donald Trump on Super Tuesday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

You’ve heard of Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka and Trump University. Now Trump Model Management is getting attention for overpromising and underdelivering.

In a lawsuit that has been making its way through the federal courts since 2014, Jamaican model Alexia Palmer says she was snookered by the New York agency launched by Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump.

Palmer says Trump Model Management arranged an H-1B visa for well-paid workers with special skills. She was promised $75,000 a year and moved to New York from Jamaica.

Instead, Palmer says in her suit, “After the deduction of all agency fees, expenses, and allowance, the plaintiff received a check in the amount of $3,880.75 for all the work she did from 2011 to 2013.”

Those expenses included limo rides, “walking lessons,” makeup, dermatology appointments and other things required by the agency.

“The complaint is bogus and completely frivolous,” Trump attorney Alan Garten told the New York Daily News in 2014.

Pulse Model Agency photo of model Alexia Palmer

Model Alexia Palmer. REUTERS/Pulse Model Agency

The suit says Palmer took 21 modeling jobs from January 2011 to December 2013.

“Defendants took more than 80 percent of the plaintiff’s hard earned money by cloaking it as ‘expenses,'” the suit says. “Despite an assertion to pay the plaintiff well above the required wage — as evidenced in the [federal] application promising to pay her $75,000 per year — the defendants failed to pay her even the prevailing wage of $45,490 per year as required by immigration laws.”

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