A class action lawsuit recently filed by approximately 25,000 Disneyland employees claims the company is legally obligated to pay a living wage. The suit claims that employees, or sometimes referred to as “cast members,” are experiencing difficult living conditions due to the company’s low wages.

A survey of 5,000 cast members claims that homelessness, food insecurity, and lack of basic living expenses were pervasive. According to some employees, Disneyland schedules workers on a variety of shifts which makes securing a second job difficult.

The lawsuit alleges that due to Measure L, a measure passed in Anaheim, California in 2018, private businesses who take city subsidies must pay their employees a basic wage of $18 per hour by 2022, plus subsequent cost-of-living increases. Disneyland raised their basic wage at the time to $15 per hour.

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