Self-awareness has never been one of Donald Trump’s strengths, but the hypocrisy of a new employee handbook for the Trump Hotel Las Vegas has shocked even his harshest critics.
The rules governing Trump’s latest Las Vegas hotel, which were distributed to employees, largely prohibit giving top jobs to family members.
Trump is notorious for employing his children throughout his businesses and also in his White House. His sons currently manage his businesses, while his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner work as advisors to the administration.
The handbook, however, has strong words about hiring family members. It reads:
While Trump International Hotel Las Vegas does not wish to deprive itself of the services of potentially valuable associates by establishing a policy excluding the employment of relatives, it must be acknowledged that such employment can result in the appearance of a conflict of interest, collusion, favouritism, and other undesirable work environment conditions.
Therefore, management reserves the right to limit the employment of relatives in situations within the company if a conflict of interest is deemed to exist.
The handbook bars relatives from working “under the direct or indirect supervision of a relative”, as well as prohibiting relatives from working “in situations that create the possibility of conflicts of interest”.
But the irony doesn’t stop there.
Trump’s business also has strong words about inappropriate sexual behaviour at work. This is despite the fact that Trump was recorded bragging about touching women without their consent, and has also been accused of sexual misconduct by 19 women.
Prohibited activity includes ‘offensive sexual jokes, sexual language, sexual epithets, sexual gossip, sexual comments or sexual enquiries’ and unwelcome flirting.
The manual also prohibits harassment, barring “epithets, slurs, quips, or negative stereotyping” related to people’s race, religion, gender and other factors. Prohibited activity includes offensive sexual jokes, sexual language, sexual gossip or sexual enquiries, as well as “sexually suggestive comments or gestures”.
Trump’s infamous “grab 'em by the pussy” remarks would have surely conflicted with these rules, not to mention the alleged behaviour described by the women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Trump has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct against him, threatening to sue all the women who came forward.
The handbook also includes two provisions that employment attorneys said could potentially be breaking federal law. Male employees are only partially barred from having visible tattoos, whereas female employees are prohibited from having visible tattoos without any exceptions.
Eve Hill, an attorney with Brown, Goldstein & Levy and a former official in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said:
The tattoo rule appears to burden women seasonal workers more than male seasonal workers. That seems to violate the sex discrimination rules on its face.