A woman who worked for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign filed a lawsuit against the billionaire, claiming that she and others were not provided with the overtime pay that they were promised, according to the New York Post.
The woman, Donna Woods, claims that the campaign’s failure to pay them overtime constituted a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. She further claims that the campaign subsequently left them without health insurance, which was exacerbated by the spread of the coronavirus.
As the lawsuit states, the “defendant’s termination of FOs and other campaign employees deprived them of promised income and health care benefits, leaving them and their families potentially uninsured in the face of a global pandemic.”
The Bloomberg campaign quickly became the largest and wealthiest presidential campaign in the entire Democratic presidential field, with thousands of full-time staffers across the country. Bloomberg self-funded his campaign, ultimately spending nearly $700 million before dropping out, thus making it by far the most expensive presidential primary campaign in American history.
Despite endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden, Bloomberg recently announced that he was “scrapping his plan to fund an independent expenditure campaign to support the Democratic nominee,” and instead would donate up to $18 million to the Democratic National Committee.