Walt Disney parks pays 69 employees in back wage disputes www.privateofficer.com
Labor officials said an investigation revealed that inventory-control clerks in the company’s food and beverage department were not paid for work activities that occurred before and after their shifts,
Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said the wages owed to the employees in question have been paid, and the company has provided additional training to deter any underreporting issues in the future.
Officials say the investigation also revealed that the clerks worked through meal times and from home without compensation.
According to a Department of Labor release, 69 employees were due $433,819 in back wages.
“While Walt Disney has specific rules regarding off-clock work, an investigation conducted by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that managers within the company were not adhering to those important policies,” Nancy Leppink of the agency’s Wage and Hour Division said in a statement.
“It is not enough to have policies,” Leppink said. “Management must also ensure that all supervisors are implementing them.”
The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes, among other things, minimum-wage and overtime-pay guidelines.
According to the release, the amount of hours worked includes “all time an employee must be on duty, or on the employer’s premises or at any other prescribed place of work.”