By Charles V. Bagli November 28, 2017
NEW YORK — In 1980, under pressure to begin construction on what would become his signature project, Donald Trump employed a crew of 200 undocumented Polish workers who worked in 12-hour shifts, without gloves, hard hats, or masks, to demolish the Bonwit Teller building on Fifth Avenue, where the 58-story, golden-hued Trump Tower now stands.
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The workers were paid as little as $4 an hour for their dangerous labor, less than half the union wage, if they got paid at all.
Their treatment led to years of litigation over Trump’s labor practices, and in 1998, despite frequent claims that he never settles lawsuits, Trump quietly reached an agreement to end a class-action suit over the Bonwit Teller
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