A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday against Trump Model Management in which a model alleged she was brought into the country by the agency on fraudulent claims.
U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that Jamaican model Alexia Palmer should have taken the case to the Department of Labor or state court rather than federal court, ABC News reported
Torres also ruled that Palmer did not provide proof that the agency fraudulently applied for a U.S. visa on her behalf or that she had not been paid fair wages, according to Fortune
Businessman and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump owns the agency, but he was not named in the lawsuit.
Palmer said she was brought into the United States at age 17 on an H-1B visa and promised a full-time job earning $75,000 year. She said she did not receive enough work to earn that amount and that the agency deducted fees that made her earn even less.
Over three years, Palmer said she worked only 21 days for which she earned $3,880 in addition to small cash advances.
The terms of her visa did not allow to her work anywhere else if she wanted to remain in the United States. She is now 22 years old.
"That's what slavery people do," Palmer said in an interview with ABC News. "You work and don't get no money."
Lawyers for Trump called the case "frivolous" and "without merit."
Trump attorney Alan Garten told ABC there was little demand for Palmer and that is why she had few photo shoots.
"Anything she's saying about being treated as a slave is completely untrue," Garten said. "The greater demand for the model, the better that model does. In the case of the individual you're talking about, there wasn't — unfortunately — a lot of demand for the model."
Though the agency is a minor part of Trump's overall business empire, he has dated models from his agency, including his current wife, Melania.
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