Disney ordered to pay $3.8M in back wages

The Walt Disney Co. will provide $3.8 million in back pay to 16,339 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported on Friday.

According to the DOL, Disney resorts in Florida deducted a uniform or “costume” expense that caused some employees’ hourly rates to fall below the federal minimum wage. Resort employees were also not compensated for duties carried out prior to the designated start time of their shifts, and during a post-shift period. Additionally, the resorts failed to maintain required payroll records.

Thus, Disney reached an agreement with the DOL to pay $3.8 million in back wages to employees of the Florida-based Disney Vacation Club Management Corp., and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“These violations are not uncommon and are found in other industries, as well,” said Daniel White, district director for the Wage and Hour Division in Jacksonville, Fla. “Employers cannot make deductions that take workers below the minimum wage and must accurately track and pay for all the hours their employees work, including any time they work before or after their scheduled shifts.”

-originally in Travel Weekly News By Michelle Baran /



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