Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been known to profess his respect and love for United States veterans in an effort to gain followers, but information revealed recently proves that these statements are anything but the truth.
Senior Master Sgt. Richard Wright of the 451st Expeditionary Group worked for him at the fraudulent Trump University, as a teacher when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. Upon his return he was fired immediately. The students Wright had been assigned to mentor were reassigned. This violates federal workplace protections that require employers to give active servicemen their jobs back, exactly as before they left, upon their return. The burden of proof for that falls upon the employer.
Jay M. Shavin, who was Trump’s administrator and is now deceased, told Wright:
‘You have been here less than 3 months (deducting your time off for the Air Force Reserve.) I find it insulting that you would make a request to be paid for time you did not work and/or personal time you did not earn. You are still on probation. With all of your absences and inability to adhere to specific instructions, you force me to reevaluate your position with the Trump Institute.’
Airman, Senior Master Sgt. Richard Wright, won 3 awards for outstanding service while in Kandahar that year, a highly dangerous front-line assignment. Wright sued and later settled with Trump University with undisclosed terms.
Wright was, unsurprisingly, not the only vet to incur the ire of administrators at Trump University. Veteran Corinne Sommer, formerly of 415th Civic Affairs Battalion, won a settlement from Trump for wrongful firing in connection with her reserve testimony.
The Republican presidential candidate will go on trial this November in Southern California’s federal court for two class action lawsuits which have been merged into a single Trump University trial. In the civil case, Trump was accused of federal racketeering charges and complaints under consumer protection laws in the states of New York, California, and Florida.
Corinne Sommer worked as an event-planner for the former Trump U. She is an Iraqi war vet who was deployed to Tikrit in her early 20s. Sommer was an active member of the armed forces reserves in 2007, and she spent two weekdays a month with her reserve unit, aside from the time that she worked at Trump University.
Corrine Sommer sued Trump and won for wrongful termination under the federal labor law called USERRA, which prohibits employers from harassing veterans over their official duties or status with the armed services.
When it comes to using our veterans as a political prop, Donald Trump is happy enough to “work” with them, but when it comes down to it he does not care about veterans at all. He is a bully who forces them to take him to court to fight for their rights. A vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a slap in the face to our veterans.
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