The 4th District Court of Appeal in California has declared that Disneyland Resort unlawfully evaded a minimum wage law, potentially resulting in a wage increase of nearly $20 per hour for Cast Members.
The Disneyland wage evasion dispute stemmed from Measure L, approved by Anaheim voters in 2018, which required subsidized businesses to raise their minimum wage to at least $15/hour in 2019 and incrementally increase it by a dollar annually, reaching $18 in 2022.
Cast Members filed a lawsuit in 2019, alleging that Disney, despite being subject to the measure, failed to comply. The core issue was whether Disney had received subsidies covered by Measure L. Although Disney canceled tax incentive agreements in August 2018, the recent court ruling clarified that a 1996 deal did qualify as a subsidy, contrary to a previous judgment.
The 4th District Court of Appeal’s decision overturns the previous ruling, prompting satisfaction among Cast Members and their legal representation. Sarah Grossman-Swenson, an attorney representing the Cast Members, expressed contentment with the court’s recognition of Disney’s obligation to adhere to the living wage law.
The reaction from Anaheim city spokesperson Mike Lyster was more cautious, stating the need for a thorough analysis of the decision’s implications. Disney’s response was not immediately available.
While Disney has the option to appeal the latest ruling to the California Supreme Court, Grossman-Swenson called on the company to do the right thing and comply with the law. This development follows previous instances of employee rallies at Walt Disney World and strikes by Disneyland Paris Cast Members demanding higher wages.
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