Multiple managers and directors at California's Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes complained under oath that they were pressured to fire overweight women and only hire attractive employees, The Los Angeles Times reports. "I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were 'not pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women," said the former director of catering at the club, Hayley Strozier, in a 2008 court filing.
In an effort to please Trump, Strozier recalled that managers would only have their most attractive women working when the big boss showed up at the club.
"Donald Trump always wanted good looking women working at the club," agreed former restaurant manager Sue Kwiatkowski in a 2009 court declaration. "I know this because one time he took me aside and said, 'I want you to get some good looking hostesses here. People like to see good looking people when they come in.'"
It was hardly a one-time occurrence, The Los Angeles Times reports:
Strozier, the former catering director, said Vincent Stellio — a former Trump bodyguard who had risen to become a Trump Organization vice president — approached her in 2003 about an employee that Strozier thought was talented.
Stellio wanted the employee fired because she was overweight, Strozier said in her legal filing.
"Mr. Stellio told me to do this because 'Mr. Trump doesn't like fat people' and that he would not like seeing [the employee] when he was on the premises,” wrote Strozier, who said she refused the request. (Stellio died in 2010.) [The Los Angeles Times]
There are many other examples, as The Los Angeles Times reports — and they come at a sensitive time, as Trump's comments about women have come under particular scrutiny in the wake of revelations about his treatment of a former Miss Universe. Read The Los Angeles Times' full story, here.