Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former senior adviser to Melania Trump and author of “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” has turned her attention to the Trump family once again.
According to a report by Raw Story on Friday, December 1, 2023, this time, she is speaking out about a lawsuit filed by Alice Bianco, a former employee of Donald Trump’s property, the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey
The lawsuit, filed on November 29, alleges that Bianco experienced sexual harassment while working at the golf club and was coerced into signing a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) by Trump lawyer Alina Habba.
The legal action does not name Melania Trump or the alleged harasser, Pavel Melichar, as defendants.
According to Newsweek’s Kate Plummer, the lawsuit contends that when Bianco hired legal representation, Habba, a club member, convinced her to dismiss her attorney.
Subsequently, she was persuaded to sign an NDA that imposed a penalty of $1,000 per day for any violation, all in exchange for what the lawsuit describes as a meager sum—though the exact amount remains undisclosed.
The lawsuit aims to challenge the enforcement of the NDA by the golf club, asserting its illegality under New Jersey law, which banned such agreements in 2019.
Plummer notes that the legal action also seeks to allow Bianco to retain the settlement money, have her legal fees covered, and refer Habba to the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics for alleged “unethical behavior.”
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff took to Twitter to share NBC News’ coverage of the lawsuit, emphasizing her criticism of the Trump family’s use of NDAs.
In a tweet, she stated, “The Trumps use of NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS (NDA’s) have kept too many SILENT for far too long.”
The lawsuit sheds light on the alleged tactics employed by the Trump family to suppress dissent within their businesses.
It raises concerns about the misuse of NDAs, not only for silencing employees but also for potentially obstructing justice by hindering the exposure of workplace misconduct.
While Melania Trump is not directly implicated in the legal action, the spotlight on the Trump family’s use of NDAs underscores broader issues surrounding transparency and accountability within their business operations.
As the lawsuit unfolds, it brings into question the ethical considerations of employing legal measures to silence employees and the potential consequences for those who exploit such agreements.
This latest controversy adds to the ongoing legal challenges faced by the Trump Organization, with legal experts suggesting a “corporate death penalty” due to persistent fraud.
As the public awaits further developments, the lawsuit against the Trump National Golf Club highlights the importance of addressing workplace harassment and the need for transparency in resolving such allegations.