An Orange County judge has ruled that Disneyland does not need to follow the guidelines set by a 2018 ballot measure that would have increased minimum wage to at least $18 by the year 2022.
The 2018 measure required businesses that receive subsidies from Anaheim to raise wages to at least $15 an hour in 2019 with annual $1 increases through 2022. Disneyland cast members and unions representing them sued in 2019 saying the new rules applied to Disney but the company had failed to follow them.
Orange County Superior Court Judge William D. Claster ruled on October 29 that any agreements Disney had with Anaheim did not constitutes as tax rebates or subsidies as described in the new measure. The workers’ attorney, Randy Renick says they will likely appeal the ruling.
“Certainly the judge’s hyper-technical decision is contrary to the Anaheim voters’ intent in passing the living wage (measure) in 2018,” Renick said. “I think it’s shameful that Disney can take over $300 million from the city of Anaheim and refuse, to this day, to pay tens of thousands of its workers a living wage.”
Disney emailed a statement to the Orange County Register that said, “We have always been committed to fair and equitable pay for our cast members, but have always agreed with the Anaheim City Attorney’s conclusion that Measure L does not apply to the Disneyland Resort. We are pleased the court has confirmed that position.”
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