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.
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.