Omarosa Becomes Second Woman to Formally Accuse Trump Campaign of Pay Discrimination

Omarosa Manigault Newman
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Former Trump campaign and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman filed a motion Monday to join in on a lawsuit that alleges President Donald Trump‘s campaign paid women less than men for similar work.

Trump campaign staffer Alva Johnson first filed the suit in February, which touches on both pay discrimination and unwanted sexual advances made by the president. Trump’s team tried to discredit Johnson and brushed aside her accusations, but Newman’s addition to the lawsuit may create a new set of challenges for them.

According to the Washington Post, Johnson’s legal team conducted a study and found that female campaign staffers were paid 18.2 percent less than their male counterparts from May to December of 2016.

This finding resembles an investigation done by the Boston Globe in June of 2016 that found that the campaign paid its male employees a third more than its female ones.

Newman specifically called out former campaign staffer Bryan Lanza as an example of a man who made more money than her for doing essentially the same work. Newman has been a harsh critic of the president and the administration ever since her firing from the White House in December 2017.

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As for why the lawsuit is coming out now, Newman explained the evidence supporting her allegations recently came to light.

“While I strongly suspected I was subjected to pay discrimination while with the Trump Campaign, I have since seen expert analysis confirming this to be true. The numbers don’t lie,” she said in a statement.

“After nearly 20 years inside the Beltway, working for two White Houses and countless political campaigns, I’ve never witnessed such egregious violations as I did during my time under the leadership of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.”

Johnson’s lead attorney on the case, Hassan Zavareei, described why the allegations have repercussions beyond the female employees of the Trump campaign.

“The fish rots at the head here,” Zavareei said in a statement. “If you have the president and his campaign discriminating against women … then that sets the tone for what happens in the commercial world and other sectors of government.”

The Trump campaign denied allegations of pay discrimination.

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ProudDeplorable
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ProudDeplorable

It seems there is more than one way to get even for being fired! And poor Omarosa finally found a way to jump back into the news. Does anyone know if someone/anyone was silly enough to hire her after her “tell-all” book come out? Anyway, the lawsuit needs to be tossed IMO; otherwise, there will no end to this!

Charles
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More fake accusations by a disgruntled employee. She should get on with her life. Whatever she was paid, it was 10 times too much.

TOM
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Yes, exactly.

ProudDeplorable
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ProudDeplorable

Second that!

Otis
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Omo, the publicity hound, needs some more camera time and has nothing better to do that jump aboard the Trump bashing bandwagon. What an ingrate. If not for Trump we’d have never heard her name.

TOM
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I want to see the pay discrepancies in Hitlery’s campaign staff.

James
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It took this woman three years to come to the conclusion she wasn’t paid the same as her male counterparts? Good thing she wasn’t involved in rocket science or lunch menus.

General Confusion
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I am confused, James.

Are you telling us that you knew what everyone you worked with was earning, male or female, in the era when you were working?

You, sir, are one man of privilege, or else you worked for something like a union, HR or accounting!

Charles
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General confusion, your name says it all. ‘man of Privilege’ the accusation of lying Democrats. More useless and fake accusations.

General Confusion
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To the contrary, Charles. Unless they voluntarily tell you, you MUST be privileged to have this kind of private information about other employees.

How long would it take for you to find accurate wage information about most of the employees around you? Can you do it in three years? James thinks this is easy to do.

Don’t be confused with reality.

Charles
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You must not have worked much. People talk and compare salaries. That’s how strikes start. She is the perfect example of someone that talks and complains. No “privilege” required.

Morte206
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Yes the pay discrepancy is unfortunate and should be corrected but the writer’s breathless attempt to make this more than what it really is is pathetic. I would wager good money that most of the Beltway staffers out here are laboring under that same pay scale as I type this.

James
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As Civil Service employees, they ALL receive the same pay, same in-step pay increases, promotions and pay raises to the higher CS grades. This is a smoke screen by the fake news media.

Phyllis Softa
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Don’t report the lawsuit? It “should be corrected” “quietly? We often agree on the principles, but disagree on how to get to a solution. In Omarosa’s case, it would be helpful to her argument if Lizzie had cited Omarosa’s qualification as compared to those Omarosa wished to be in the same pay scale. I don’t know Omarosa’s background other than TV reality contestant. Was she paid less than someone of McMaster’s qualification or paid less than Gorka? Qualifications matter.

Morte206
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You are quite right, qualification does matter. The “correction” of which I spoke was to the starting wage, base minimum after that it should be as you pointed out based on qualification and bargaining prowess on the part of the applicant.

Phyllis Softa
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Agreed. I learned a lesson years ago when I worked with the housekeeping department to impress upon them the importance to patient’s care & recovery their duties done properly were. Suddenly they decided that they should be paid the same as the RN staff. Everyone’s job is important, but qualifications for jobs are not the same. I have no idea what Omarosa’s qualifications are or with whom she is comparing her salary. But she does appear to have the self assurance to bargain for herself.

Morte206
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That she most certainly does.

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