In today’s cutthroat business world, companies are looking for more and more ways to increase profits. Many companies achieve this by cutting costs. Unfortunately, this can directly affect loyal and dedicated employees. Most wage and hour claims these days include allegations of employers neglecting to pay employees. A group of Disneyland employees in California have filed a class-action lawsuit against the popular theme park and resort, alleging that Disney failed to pay them a living wage.
According to reports, the lawsuit alleges that Disneyland in Anaheim violated requirements of legislation known as Measure L. Measure L mandates that hospitality businesses in the resort district of Anaheim that benefit from a city subsidy have to pay employees a minimum of $15 per hour. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Anaheim is using tax dollars to pay off a six-story parking garage located on Disneyland resort property. They allege Disneyland collects over $35 million a year in revenues from the garage, so Disney is clearly benefiting from a city subsidy.
Allegedly, Disneyland did not alter the wages of employees despite massively benefiting from subsidies. One plaintiff in the case says that some workers have to live in their cars because they are not paid enough to afford rent. The plaintiffs claim that they are not fairly paid and accuse Disney and several affiliates of unfair business practices. They seek restitution, back wages and damages.
Neglecting to pay employees is not only morally wrong, it is unlawful. Workers in California who feel that they have not been rightfully paid can take action by filing wage and hour claims. Compensation awarded from a successful claim can help victims reclaim lost wages.