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Disney to pay living wages owed to theme park employees

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A recent wage law case arose from a December 2019 class action against Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S., Inc., as well as Sodexo, Inc. and Sodexomagic, LLC (Sodexo), which operated restaurants in Disney’s theme parks.

The employees alleged that, since Jan. 1, 2019, their employers failed to pay them a living wage, in violation of a 2018 Living Wage Ordinance (LWO) that applied to hospitality employers in the Anaheim or Disneyland Resort areas benefiting from a city subsidy.

A city subsidy was defined as an “agreement with the city pursuant to which a person other than the city has a right to receive a rebate of transient occupancy tax, sales tax, entertainment tax, property tax or other taxes, presently or in the future, matured or unmatured.”

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