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Ex-Trump field organizer accuses campaign of sex discrimination


A former field organizer for Donald Trump is accusing the Republican front-runner’s presidential campaign of sex discrimination, according to a new report. 

{mosads}Elizabeth Mae Davidson, 26, was fired in mid-January as a paid field organizer in Davenport, Iowa, The New York Times reported Sunday, and filed a discrimination complaint on Thursday with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. 

In the complaint, according to the Times, Davidson said men were paid more for doing the same jobs that she did and were allowed to plan and speak at campaign rallies, while her requests to do the same were ignored. 

She told the Times she was paid $2,000 per month while men with the same job title were paid between $3,500 and $4,000 a month. 

She also said Trump told her and a young female volunteer at a rally last summer that, “You guys could do a lot of damage,” referring to their physical appearances. 

Davidson was fired after the Times published a story about the campaign’s senior Iowa leadership. 

Davidson said in the complaint that she was fired for making “disparaging comments about senior campaign leaders to third parties” and breaking a nondisclosure clause. 

Davidson denied making such comments about campaign leaders to the media, according to the Times, and said men with the same job title were quoted by the media without being fired. 

Trump later Sunday denied making a remark about Davidson’s looks.

“That is not my language,” he told the Times. “That is the worst thing to say, it’s not a phrase I’ve ever used.”

Trump also said his staff told him Davidson was a disgruntled employee.

“My people tell me she did a terrible job.”

While he did not comment on the other allegations, Trump told the newspaper that “a story like this could damage my chances [in Iowa].”

–This report was updated at 7:59 p.m.

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