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Disney ordered to pay workers $3.8 million for charging them for their costumes

By Mason White 5:09 PM March 21, 2017
By: Mason White

A court ordered Disney to pay their workers millions of dollars after they were forced to pay for their own uniforms and costumes.

The court also told Disney that they cannot charge actors who dress like characters for their costumes because this causes them to make less than the minimum wage.

Court records show that people who work at Disney Vacation Club Management Corp. and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will get a piece of the $3.8 million judgment.

The government said that the company violated wage laws by deducting uniform or costume expense from employees’ paychecks.

This action caused many to work for less than federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour.

Disney has also failed to properly record time and payroll records, and they did not pay workers for duties they were ordered to do before their shifts began.

Daniel White, district director for the department’s Wage and Hour Division in Jacksonville, Florida, said that these violations are not uncommon and are found in other industries as well.

However, White warned that employers cannot make deductions that take workers below minimum wage, and they must accurately track and pay all the hours their employees work, even when they work before or after their scheduled shifts.