Reblogged on Kommonsentsjane.
Donald Trump Field Organizer Accuses Campaign of Sex Discrimination
By TRIP GABRIEL
JAN. 31, 2016
Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday. Mr. Trump said he did not know Elizabeth Mae Davidson, and has denied making the comments to her that she claims. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times
DAVENPORT, Iowa — A former paid organizer for Donald J. Trump who was fired this month has accused his presidential campaign of sex discrimination.
Elizabeth Mae Davidson, 26, who was the Trump campaign’s field organizer here in Davenport, Iowa’s third-largest city, said in a discrimination complaint that men doing the same jobs were paid more and were allowed to plan and speak at rallies, while her requests to do so were ignored. She also said that when she and a young female volunteer met Mr. Trump at a rally last summer, he told them, “You guys could do a lot of damage,” referring to their looks.
The complaint was filed on Thursday with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.
In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mr. Trump denied making the remark but did not address the other two allegations.
“That is not the worst thing that could be said,” Mr. Trump said. “But I never said it. It’s not in my vocabulary.”
He added that he did not know Ms. Davidson but that in checking with his staff, he was told she was a disgruntled employee. “My people tell me she did a terrible job.”
He criticized The New York Times for reporting the complaint the day before the caucuses, adding, “A story like this could damage my chances.”
Ms. Davidson, of Bettendorf, had recruited organizers for most of her region’s 63 precincts and had opened a field office, only the second in the state. She was fired on Jan. 14, the day after a Times article portrayed problems with the campaign’s senior Iowa leadership, to whom she reported.
In her complaint, Ms. Davidson wrote that she was told she was fired for making “disparaging comments about senior campaign leaders to third parties” and breaking a nondisclosure clause in her employment contract. She denied saying anything disparaging about campaign leaders to the news media.
Ms. Davidson was described in The Times article as being one of the campaign’s most effective organizers and was quoted as she tried to enlist volunteers during a Trump rally in Ottumwa on Jan. 9. Elsewhere in the article, the campaign was described as “amateurish and halting, committing basic organizing errors.”
Ms. Davidson’s complaint states that men with the same job title — district representatives — were quoted in news accounts without being fired. It says she was the only woman with that title and that men with the same title were paid more.
In an interview, Ms. Davidson said she was paid $2,000 a month and was classified as part-time because she also had a job as a paralegal. But she said another district representative, Marc Elcock, was paid more though he, too, has a day job, as a lawyer.
According to public filings, several men who held the same title, including Mr. Elcock, were paid $3,500 to $4,000 a month.
The complaint says Mr. Trump’s suggestion that Ms. Davidson and a female volunteer could “do a lot of damage” occurred when they were introduced to him last summer. It included no other details about the exchange.
Ms. Davidson’s lawyer, Dorothy A. O’Brien, said the complaint would trigger an investigation by the Davenport civil rights agency.
Ms. Davidson, the daughter of the Republican chairwoman of Scott County, said in an interview last summer that she had first met Mr. Trump when he visited Davenport in early 2015, before he announced his candidacy.
Hmmm – I wonder how long the New York Times has been holding this story and just happened to publish it on the eve of the caucus. Which candidate is the New York Times backing – is it Bush or Rubio or a mixture with the Democrats – Hillary and Sanders?
Again, how convenient to announce this on the eve of the caucus. A political ploy at best. What was the agreed to salary when interviewed? How did she find out what the others were making – was there a pow-wow discussing what each made – men and women?
This is one of the oldest plays in the book – how boring. This women is looking for a pay-off. And her mom is one of the chairs in one of the towns (Davenport) (Scott County) of the Republican Party – give me a break. This shows you how crooked the Elite Republicans (really Democrats) are. I am sure her mom is proud of her or was mom part of the Coup d’etat?!
Instead of a Fox in the Hen House – we have a Hen in the Fox’s House!