Former field organizer says male counterparts were paid more money for the same work
A former campaign field organizer for Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign in Iowa has filed a complaint alleging that the campaign discriminated against her based on her gender.
Elizabeth Mae Davidson, who was fired by the Trump campaign earlier this month, filed a complaint with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, alleging that her male counterparts were paid more money for doing the same work she was doing, according to the New York Times.
Davidson’s complaint states that she was paid $2,000 per month for her work on the campaign, which she did part time in addition to working as a paralegal. However, Trump campaign filings show that male workers in similar positions were paid between $3,500 and $4,000 per month while also maintaining their day jobs.
In addition, Davidson says that when she and a female campaign volunteer met Trump, he told them “You guys could do a lot of damage,” referring to their looks.
Davidson’s complaint also states that she was fired for making”disparaging comments about senior campaign leaders to third parties” as well as breaking a nondisclosure agreement.
Davidson had been quoted in a New York Times article that bashed the Trump campaign’s organizing efforts in Iowa, though Davidson was described as one of the campaign’s “most effective organizers.” Davidson is denying making any negative comments about campaign leadership to the media.
“Some of the bad things about him I dismissed, because I was working for the candidate,” Davidson said. “Now I’m more critical, especially how he treats women.”
Representatives for Trump’s campaign did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Trump has been accused several times throughout the years of making disparaging remarks toward women, like his infamous feud with “The View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell.
Most recently, he has targeted Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, whom Trump claims treated him unfairly when Kelly moderated a GOP debate, specifically for asking him about his history of making disparaging remarks toward women.
Trump refused to attend the most recent GOP debate unless Kelly was removed as moderator. The network refused, issuing a statement saying “We can’t give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees.”