Jamaican fashion model Alexia Palmer who alleges that US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s modeling agency defrauded her of $225,000 in pay, is moving forward with her case, despite a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in New York dismissed the lawsuit on March 23, saying there was insufficient evidence that Palmer had been misled or was owed back pay.
On Wednesday, Palmer’s lawyer, said, they are now pursuing their rights before the Department of Labor, and, if necessary, they will then appeal the case to the New York State Supreme Court.
Palmer accused Trump Model Management LLC of lying to the federal government in its work-visa application that she would be paid a $75,000-a-year salary while living in the United States.
Instead, Palmer earned just $3,380 during the three years she was under contract with the agency, after it took an 80 percent cut of her wages by deducting charges for everything from postage to walking lessons to mobile phone costs, as well as $4,000 in administrative fees.
Trump’s lawyers have blasted the case as “frivolous” and without merit.
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