Disney to pay employees back wages | Katz Melinger PLLC
Katz Melinger PLLC
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Menu Contact
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Proactive. Pragmatic.
Committed To Obtaining Results.

Disney to pay employees back wages

It turns out even the happiest place on earth is susceptible to poor labor practices. Disney will be paying out $3.8 million in back wages to thousands of employees at the company's hotels, resorts and time shares in Florida.

The Orlando Sentinel has all the details, but we want to highlight a few of the unfortunately common labor violations illustrated by this case.

Payment for uniforms

One of the issues the U.S. Labor Department uncovered in its investigation was that employees were paying for uniforms out their paychecks. This alone isn't necessarily a violation of employment laws, but the expense caused some employees' hourly rates to fall below the minimum wage. Under New York law, in certain circumstances, employees are entitled to additional pay for maintenance of their required uniforms.

Poor record keeping

The investigation also found administrators were doing a poor job of keeping records of the hours and compensation of employees. Due to this poor record keeping, some employees were not being paid for all the hours they worked, and some employees were found to be doing work outside of their scheduled shift. This highlights the importance of employers keeping accurate records; failing to do so is often found to be a violation of the law.

Unpaid time for administrative tasks

The report also found that employees often wouldn't be paid for 15 minutes of work before and after their shifts. This led to Disney instituting a new training policy for administrators that educated them on tasks that must be included in an employee's work time, such as logging onto computers and signing out keys.

This case highlights a few areas where seemingly small mistakes can lead to big issues for employers and leave employees with less than the full compensation they are entitled to receive.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Schedule Your Consultation Today

To begin protecting your legal rights and financial interests, schedule an initial consultation. We clearly communicate your legal options in an honest manner.

Contact Katz Melinger PLLC at 212-460-0047 or reach us by filling out the form below.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Address

Katz Melinger PLLC
280 Madison Avenue
Suite 600
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-460-0047
Fax: 212-428-6811
New York Law Office Map

Review Us

Can we help you find a topic?