Posted Thursday, March 27, 2003 3:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Three former Disneyland managers who allegedly failed to meet the company's model because they were too old have sued the entertainment giant because they were forced to resign or fired from their jobs. An attorney for the former employees said Wednesday during opening statements of the civil trial that Disneyland had a "hit list" of employees over 40 who eventually left the company.
Read more from AP via The Gainesville Sun.
The question *I* have is how these men jumped to the 'age discrimination' accusation. I surely hope that they have some evidence that this is a culture fostered by Disney. Otherwise, all they will be doing is wasting the taxpayers time and money.
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As for this case, Disney is going to win so long as they can prove they cut people who were under forty which it appears that they have.
If you look at the theme park industry as a whole, they were one of the first groups to actually go after Senior Citizens/non-traditional age groups as a source for employees.
Agreed about Disney and older employees. That's especially true in Orlando. And you know what? They tend to hire the nice "grandfolks" types, the kind that you loved to visit after church on a Sunday when you were little. They do not have the "I'm old, grumpy and the world owes me" types.
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But consider this, if these 3 are fired because they can't do a certain job and refuse to go somewhere else in the company, then that might be the story we are hearing.
Yes, but if your only intention is to cut back on salaries, you do not make false accusations to discredit your employee.
Why not.. Worked for the Clinton White House when they canned all teh travel office employee's. Some had worked there 20+ years with nothign but commendations and fired so they could bring in thier friends, but I'm going off track.
Honestly.. If it can be proven that the "hit list" happened. The House of Mouse deserves the lawsuit and bad press.
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That said, from the article, it doesn't sound like there is a real good case here. For one thing, the small number of plaintiffs in a company the size of Disney doesn't sound like a widespread practice of discrimination. Even if a hit list existed, it doesn't mean anything unless it was based on age.
If Disney can prove that may of the persons were under 40 they are in good shape. Additionally, the fact that two of the three plaintiffs were hired when they were over 40 and then terminated just a few years later does not help the plaitiffs' case. Its unlikely that Disney's going to hire someone at 41 and then turn around and fire them three years later because they become too old three years later. If Disney can also show that the same person fired them that hired them - I don't see how they loose. Frankly, the article sounds like a shakedown article- get an article printed about your case in the hopes Disney gets afraid of negative publicity and offers some cash.
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