Couldn’t happen to a nicer oligarch. Not that a lawsuit matters to a man who just shelled out $930 million on a presidential bid and only won one primary contest — and still has more 98% of his starting net worth. One of the campaign workers laid off by Michael Bloomberg after his embarrassing flop has sued him in federal court for falsely promising work all the way through to November, and wants to turn it into a class-action lawsuit for all her fellow Bloomberg 2020 colleagues:
A former field organizer for Michael R. Bloomberg filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against his presidential campaign Monday, arguing that she and thousands of others laid off this month had been tricked into taking jobs they were told would last until November.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York City, argued that the campaign had breached its contract with the at-will employees, recruiting them to work on Mr. Bloomberg’s bid under false pretenses and failing to pay them necessary overtime.
In dismissing the workers eight months earlier than promised, the 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.” …
Mr. Bloomberg — a multibillionaire who entered the Democratic race in late November and dropped out in early March — assembled an army of campaign workers quickly, attracting them with unusually high pay, full benefits and the lure of campaign work through the fall, regardless of who won the Democratic nomination. He spent more than $900 million along the way and repeatedly promised to deploy his campaign in service of whoever the party ultimately selected.
But on March 9, days after he exited the race, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign laid off field workers in all but six battleground states, asking if they were open to relocating to one of those states — Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — or if they wanted to be referred to another presidential campaign.
That’s not the only lawsuit launched today. Another suit (also filed in New York’s federal court) has three former campaign workers alleging fraud and deception in their hiring, Politico reports: