USA: 4 female employees file complaint against Walt Disney over alleged gender discrimination

Author: Sam Levin, The Guardian (USA), Published on: 10 July 2019

"Four women allege discrimination in major Disney pay gap case", 5 Jul 2019

Four women joined a major pay gap case against the Walt Disney Company, accusing the entertainment giant of gender discrimination at its Hollywood Records music label, its world-famous theme parks and other divisions.

The complaint filed in Los Angeles on Friday, alleges that Disney routinely compensates women less than men, denies women promotions, and classifies female employees in lower job titles that don’t match their responsibilities. The claims have widened a class-action suit filed in April, intensifying pressure on the media and entertainment industry in California to confront longstanding pay disparities.

The four plaintiffs who filed on Friday allege discrimination at Disney’s music label, which has signed pop singers such as Demi Lovato, Zendaya and Miley Cyrus; Walt Disney Imagineering, a division that does projects for the company’s theme parks, resorts, cruises and venues; Disney Music Publishing, a recording arm of the company; and a business division responsible for ESPN and Hulu streaming services. The allegations expand a class-action suit filed in April to the corporation’s Hollywood Records music label, its world-famous theme parks and other divisions.

“The unequal pay infects the entirety of Disney,” attorney Lori Andrus told the Guardian. “It’s not just an isolated incident … The gap is pretty dramatic.”...

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