The heiress to the Disney fortune Abigail Disney has gone undercover at the famous amusement park and was not impressed.
Abigail Disney, heiress to the Disney fortune went undercover at “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and says she was not happy.
In a recent interview with Yahoo, Abigail says that she went to the theme park in California to see what the worker’s conditions were following a heartbreaking message from an employee.
She said every employee delivered a similar message to her:
“I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage.”
“Bob needs to understand that he is an employee just the same as the people scrubbing gum off the sidewalk are employees, and they’re entitled to the same dignity and human rights that he is,” Abigail said.
“You’re a great CEO by any measure, perhaps even the greatest CEO in the country right now. You know, your legacy is that you’re a great manager. And if I were you, I would want something better than that. I would want to be known as the guy who led to a better place, because that is what you have the power to do.”
She never received a response back.
Last year, Iger managed to bring in $66 million while the average Disney employee is making $46,127.
While she didn’t receive a message from Iger, the Disney company did respond to Abigail’s criticism in regards to wages to say that workers are already being paid above the federal minimum wage. A worker at Disney earns $15 at entry-level.
“Disney is at the forefront of providing workforce education, which is widely recognized as the best way to create economic opportunity for employees and empower upward mobility,” the company said. “American workers need meaningful change; they deserve smart policies and practical programs, like Disney Aspire, that empower them to achieve their goals and ensure they are part of the most competitive workforce in the world.”
“We need to change the way we understand and practice capitalism without trampling on the dignity and rights of their employees,” Abigail Disney said in an addres to Congress on Capitol Hill in May.