Gender Pay Lawsuit Against Disney is Expanded to Include Pay Secrecy Claim

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by Anousha Sakoui on March 18, 2021.

A group of women suing the Walt Disney Company for pay discrimination has expanded its claims against the Burbank-based studio to include allegations of pay secrecy at the company.

In its fourth amended complaint, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the group said Disney prohibits employees from disclosing their own wages, discussing the pay of others or inquiring about another employee’s compensation in violation of California labor law. Some of the plaintiffs also claim to have been instructed multiple times not to talk about their compensation, with one alleging that another employee had been disciplined for sharing their pay information with others at the company.

Disney denied the allegation. …

LA Times 3/18

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