Employees who worked at Trump National Golf Club in California in the mid- to late-2000s accused Donald Trump of wanting to fire women on staff who were not “pretty enough,” according to legal documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The employees’ statements paint a picture of a work environment that valued women’s attractiveness over their abilities, and describe specific occasions when Trump’s interactions with his female employees were inappropriate, unprofessional and sexist.
One employee said when Trump was visiting, managers knew to change schedules so that the hostesses working on that day were the most attractive women on staff.
“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,” she said.
Other employees’ accounts from the golf club back up this statement, saying that he repeated his assertion that customers only wanted to see “good-looking” servers multiple times. In another instance, he demanded that a female employee be brought over to a meeting he was having with a “group of men,” and then asked her if she liked Jewish men.
The comments surfaced in a lawsuit filed against the golf club that accused the establishment of refusing to give employees the legal amount of break time per shift.