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Ex-campaign staffer sues Bloomberg over layoffs, cites fraud

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 18:26:02-04

WASHINGTON — A former staffer for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the billionaire broke a promise to pay his thousands of campaign workers through November, regardless of whether his 2020 bid was successful.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, accuses Bloomberg of “fraudulently” enticing people to join his campaign with promises he did not fulfill.

It argues he breached his contract with those employees by laying them off shortly after he ended his campaign on March 4.

A spokesperson said that the campaign paid its staff “generous” wages and benefits and that staff were given several weeks of severance and health care through March.