WASHINGTON — Laid-off Mike Bloomberg staffers receiving their final paychecks Tuesday were docked hundreds of dollars to pay for taxes on their campaign-issued iPhones and laptops, according to a new report.
The billionaire ex-Big Apple mayor lured staff for his short-lived presidential bid with the promise of fancy perks including three catered meals a day, the latest iPhone and a MacBook Pro, sources told The Post in January.
Former employees this week were then stunned to see their final paychecks docked by as much as $400 after the campaign forced them to pay taxes on those lavish gifts, according to an NBC report.
The final insult came after thousands of campaign staffers lost their jobs and health insurance despite being promised that they would have work until November, regardless of whether their boss became the nominee.
More than 50 ex-Bloomberg employees are now suing the campaign, claiming they were cheated out of overtime wages and were left without health insurance in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
The founder of financial media company Bloomberg LP dissolved his $1 billion White House bid last month and transferred $18 million to the Democratic National Committee to help Democrats win up and down the ballot in November.
The Bloomberg campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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