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Trump Models Faces a Lawsuit Alleging ‘Fraudulent Misrepresentation’

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All of presidential candidate Donald Trump's many eponymous businesses are under the microscope right now, thanks to high-profile failures like Trump University and Trump Mortgage.

Now Trump Models could be facing a proposed class action lawsuit.

Reuters reports that Jamaican model Alexia Palmer is alleging that Trump Models wrote on her work-visa application that said she would be paid a $75,000-a-year salary while she was working in the US.

Instead, she made just $3,880.75 during her three-year contract.

Palmer is asking for $225,000 in back pay, alleging that the agency provided "fraudulent misrepresentation" and violated US immigration laws.

She originally filed suit in 2014, and a judge will decide at the end of month whether to approve a pending motion by Trump Models to dismiss the case. Palmer's suit said it is seeking class-action status to represent other foreign models who believe they were misled and underpaid by Trump's agency.

Trump's campaign spokeswoman told Reuters that Trump Model Management's treatment of Palmer was in line with "standard practice in the modeling industry."

A lawyer for Trump Models, Lawrence Rosen said, "At the end of the day, this model just didn’t have a successful career, and we fully expect to win." Rosen also said that the $75,000 figure on Palmer's visa application was a guess, not a guarantee.

Sylvia Ayass, another lawyer who has experience filling out similar visa applications for models, told Reuters that agencies typically pay what they state on visa application.

Models represented by Trump's agency have walked in Paris Fashion Week shows this month like Chanel, Kenzo, and Saint Laurent.