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Ex-Bloomberg Staffer Sues for Pay Through November

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By    |   Monday, 23 March 2020 04:31 PM

A former staffer for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign filed a suit in federal court Monday on behalf of herself and other workers claiming the former New York mayor guaranteed more than 1,000 staffers employment through November before firing them last week, The Hill reported.

Donna Wood, a former field organizer for Bloomberg's now-defunct campaign, argued he deprived staffers "of promised income and healthcare benefits, leaving them and their families potentially uninsured in the face of a global pandemic."

Bloomberg, who dropped out of the presidential campaign following his disappointing Super Tuesday performance earlier this month, had originally planned to pay staff through November even if he did not become the Democratic nominee.

But last week, he instead fired his staff and transferred $18 million to the Democratic National Committee in an effort to help beat President Donald Trump in the general election.

"The Bloomberg campaign had represented to folks they were going to keep people on through November, regardless of his candidacy, which is one of the reasons we think he attracted such talent," Sally Abrahamson, one of the attorneys on the case, told NBC News. "He's terminating, we believe, over 1,000 people at a time when we believe unemployment is likely going to be 20 or 30 percent, and they're going to lose their health care."

A Bloomberg campaign spokesperson told The Hill in an email, "This campaign paid its staff wages and benefits that were much more generous than any other campaign this year. Staff worked 39 days on average, but they were also given several weeks of severance and health care through March, something no other campaign did this year."

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Claiming the former New York mayor guaranteed more than 1,000 staffers employment through November, a former staffer for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign filed a suit in federal court Monday on behalf of herself and other workers, according to The Hill.
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