A Los Angeles Times report based on documents from a 2012 labor lawsuit and also a retaliation claim, Donald Trump had ridiculous requirements for female hires at his Rancho Palos Verdes Trump National Golf Club from the time it opened in 2005.
By all accounts, Trump only visited the club a few times after it opened. However, Trump quickly laid down the law when it came to women employees who were either fired or pressured to quit if managers or Trump did not believe they were attractive enough.
In fact, managers learned to schedule the young, thin, pretty women on staff to work at the clubhouse restaurant when Trump visited because if Trump saw less attractive employees, he wanted them fired according to court records.
“I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were ‘not pretty enough’ and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, who was director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration.
According to Strozier, Trump initially gave his directive “almost every time” that he visited. Managers eventually learned to change employee schedules “so that the most attractive women were scheduled to work when Mr. Trump was scheduled to be at the club.”
A similar account is provided by other employees in court documents which were filed in 2012 in a lawsuit brought against one of Trump’s development companies in Los Angeles. The Times reports that the declarations in that lawsuit
“show the extent to which they believed Trump, now the Republican presidential nominee, pressured subordinates of one of his businesses to create and enforce a culture of beauty, where female employees’ appearances were prized over their skills.”
As expected, a Trump Organization attorney called the allegations “meritless,” in a statement to the Times. In fact, a 2009 filing by Trump’s company, it actually places blame not on Trump or the company but on the managers who are alleged to have carried out Trump’s demands. It claims that any “allegedly wrongful or discriminatory acts” by its employees would be a violation of the company’s policies and unauthorized.
However, the declarations of employees run contrary to Trump’s position. “Donald Trump always wanted good looking women working at the club. I know this because one time he took me aside and said, ‘I want you to get some good looking hostesses here. People like to see good looking people when they come in,'” according to Sue Kwiatkowski, a restaurant manager at the club until 2009.
She continued that as a result, “I and other manager always tried to have our most attractive hostesses working when Mr. Trump was in town and going to be on the premises.”
According to the Times:
“The bulk of the lawsuit was settled in 2013, when golf course management, without admitting any wrongdoing, agreed to pay $475,000 to employees who had complained about break policies. An employee’s claim that she was fired after complaining about the company’s treatment of women was settled separately; its terms remain confidential.”
This only adds to a quilt of evidence that has been developing about Trump’s improper attitude — which perhaps even violates the law according to the lawsuits — toward women. Trump has been struggling significantly with women. The increasing allegations of improper conduct, especially from such a wide spectrum of areas and times of his life, certainly is not going to be helping.