NEW YORK CITY – A model suing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s modelling agency will find out later this month if her $225,000 case can proceed.
Jamaica-born Alexia Palmer is accusing Trump Model Management – the talent agency founded by the billionaire businessman in Manhattan in 1999 – of racketeering, breach of contract, mail fraud and violating wage laws for immigrants.
The lawsuit was originally filed in October 2014; a judge in the U.S District Court has until the end of the month to decide whether a pending motion by Trump’s agency to dismiss the case can go through.
If the judge decides Palmer’s case can proceed, it could put Trump’s immigrant employment practices under an unflattering microscope.
Palmer, who was discovered in a Jamaican model agency’s Caribbean Model Search when she was a teenager and became the first Jamaican model to star in Vogue without being signed to an international fashion label, moved to New York in 2011.
She claims Trump’s company lied to the federal government by documenting on her work visa application that she’d be paid a yearly $75,000 salary while living in the U.S.