Disney Imagineer, Angela Devore, was hired by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development in May 2014. Shortly after, in Fall 2015, Devore was notified that she would have to travel to Shanghai Disney in January 2016 for about nine weeks to work as a set director for the Shanghai Resort. Devore informed her superiors that she would have to leave Shanghai early to care for her elderly father. At this time, Devore says she was told that she had to go the full nine weeks or not at all and suggested she could check on her father from Shanghai.
This is where Devore claims that Disney violated the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The lawsuit alleges that Devore’s supervisor, Bethann Brody, told her after requesting to come home early, “This company doesn’t care about you or your family.” Brody allegedly also went on to say, “Isn’t there a state-run home in Maryland you can put him in?”
Devore states that her time off request was originally approved. However, soon before departing for the Shanghai Resort, Devore reports that her position with Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development was terminated.
Disney has not commented on this lawsuit.
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