A former field organizer for Donald Trump's campaign, who was fired Jan. 14, has filed a discrimination complaint that says the Trump campaign is sexist, and claims men are paid more than women and given more opportunities.
Elizabeth Mae Davidson, 26, was Trump's field organizer in Davenport, Iowa, up until she was allegedly fired for "making disparaging comments about senior campaign leaders to third parties and breaking a nondisclosure clause in her employment contract." The day before she was fired, she was quoted in a New York Times story that revealed problems within Trump's senior Iowa leadership, to which she reported.
According to the New York Times (opens in new tab), her discrimination complaint says "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 Times (opens in new tab) reports that Trump denied making that remark, saying, "That is not the worst thing that could be said, but I never said it. It's not in my vocabulary." He didn't acknowledge the other allegations that men are paid more and are given better opportunities within his campaign.
He did, however, criticize the (opens in new tab)New York Times (opens in new tab) for running the story about Davidson's discrimination complaint right before the Iowa caucuses, saying, "A story like this could damage my chances."
According to the Times, Davidson was paid $2,000 a month and was classified as part-time because she also worked as a paralegal. But she said another campaign worker, a man named Marc Elcock, was paid more than her for the same job even though he also has a day job as a lawyer. Public filings revealed that several men with the same title as Davidson—including Elcock—were indeed paid between $3,500 and $4,000 a month.
The Davenport Civil Rights Commission will now investigate Davidson's claims, according to the New York Daily News (opens in new tab).
We have reached out to Davidson for further comment.
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