Disney accused of breaking pay-secrecy laws: report

Does Minnie Mouse earn lower than Mickey Mouse? Are they even allowed to debate it?

On the Walt Disney Firm, speaking about salaries is allegedly forbidden, based on a brand new addendum to a lawsuit filed in California by feminine present and ex-employees.

Firing folks for speaking with each other about how a lot cash they make is usually unlawful, the Nationwide Labor Relations Act of 1935 says. Plus, the Golden State has its personal legislation on the books, because of the California Equal Pay Act.


Disney launched a press release to the press, denying the allegations and explaining that the corporate “doesn’t prohibit its workers from speaking about their pay and appears ahead to proving the falsity of this newest plaintiff declare.”

We’ve reached out to Disney for added remark. The lawsuit, initially filed in 2019, accuses Disney of paying male staff greater than feminine ones.

The brand new info alleges that Disney bosses informed 5 of the ten plaintiffs to not discuss what they have been paid, the New York Occasions reports, and one plaintiff claims she knew one staffer who was disciplined for doing so.

“The Equal Pay Act requires that women and men in the identical office be given equal pay for equal work. The roles needn’t be equivalent, however they should be considerably equal,” the U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee web site says.

The phrase “pay” covers all the things from wage, extra time compensation, and bonuses to inventory choices, advantages, and trip and vacation pay.

Equal Pay Day is on Wednesday and based on organizers, ladies get a mean of 82 cents for each $1 a person makes. Black Girls’s Equal Pay Day is August 3.