Today wasn’t the best news day for Walt Disney World. The U.S. Department of Labor has been conducting an investigation for 16,399 resort cast members at Walt Disney World. The payout is said to be $3.8 million, which equals out to around an average $233 per cast member. The investigation found violations in Disney’s record-keeping, adhering the minimum wage laws and proper overtime pay. The investigation found that cast members were working 15 minutes on either end of a shift without pay. The cast members were also being charged an expense for their costumes which brought their total pay below minimum wage. The company also didn’t keep records of all time worked in accordance to labor laws.
This payout is said to be complete by July 31st, 2017. The amounts that are paid out to each impacted cast member will vary depending on the length of time employed there as well as the severity of the offense against them. Daniel White is the director at the wage and hour division in Jacksonville, FL. He stated, “These violations are not uncommon and are found in other industries as well.” In regards to Disney he said, “the Disney resorts were very cooperative throughout the investigative process.”
We expect that Disney will take a look at their compensation for all of their employees to prevent this type of situation in the future.
Source Credit: Orlando Sentinel