Lost in the Panic: Bloomberg sued by ex-campaign workers

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has been sued by former campaign workers. (YouTube, Face the Nation)

Anti-gun billionaire and former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has been hit with a class action lawsuit by former campaign workers who allege they were promised to be paid through November, but now find themselves out of work, out of money and no longer covered by health insurance, according to the New York Times.

“In dismissing the workers eight months earlier than promised,” the NYTimes reported, “that complaint said, the campaign had ‘deprived them of promised income and health care benefits, leaving them and their families potentially uninsured in the face of a global pandemic.’”

However, the newspaper noted, “Despite the campaign’s promises of continued employment, the field organizers had signed at-will contracts, indicating they could be terminated at any point.”

Politico reported the plaintiffs include “two organizers who halted the interview process for other jobs to join the Bloomberg campaign, and another former organizer who postponed law school to work on Bloomberg’s 2020 effort.”

The story could wind up quickly forgotten because of the ongoing Coronavirus wall-to-wall coverage by every media outlet on the landscape.

Bloomberg was on the campaign trail less than six months, pulling out after dismal performances in two primary elections. Instead, the former New York mayor threw his support to former Vice President Joe Biden, whose own campaign has somewhat vanished from the headlines now dominated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Politico noted that Bloomberg recently decided to “transfer $18 million of his own money to the Democratic National Committee.”

The New York Post quoted former field organizer Donna Wood, who claims in the lawsuit “that the campaign violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by refusing to pay her and other staffers an overtime rate for the hours they worked beyond a standard work week.”

Bloomberg came into the race late and didn’t linger after his poor primary showings, despite the fact that he spent hundreds of millions of dollars in an effort to build name familiarity and his public profile.

According to Politico, Bloomberg campaign “hiring materials” allegedly promised work through November, whether the former mayor won the Democratic nomination or not, “provided that the aides working across the country were willing to relocate.”

Bloomberg’s short-lived campaign concentrated largely on his gun control efforts. He co-founded and funded the Everytown for Gun Safety gun control lobbying organization. He still financially supports anti-gun candidates, and the Everytown Action Fund poured $2.5 million into the Virginia legislative races last year to shift control in Richmond to Democrats. They immediately began pushing a gun control agenda.

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