Abigail Disney Visited Disney Undercover & Finds Workers Struggling
Disney heiress Abigail Disney recently visited the theme parks undercover and found workers struggling.
In an interview with Yahoo, Abigail said she decided to check out Disneyland’s worker conditions after a worker sent her a Facebook message: “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.”
She said that other employees sent her a similar message.
After her undercover visit, she said she was “so livid” that the company didn’t respect its workers. She said that Disney CEO Bob Iger needs to fix the huge wage gap between his pay and that of an average worker at the company.
“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.
She emailed Iger about her concerns recently but received no response.
“You’re a great CEO by any measure, perhaps even the greatest CEO in the country right now,” she wrote to Iger. “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.”
Iger earned $66 million last year. The company reported that the median salary of a Disney employee is $46,127.
In a statement to CNN Business, the company responded to Abigail’s criticism by pointing out that workers get paid above the federal minimum wage, which is a starting hourly wage of $15 at California’s Disneyland.
Abigail has frequently spoken out about Iger’s salary. In April, she tweeted, “by any objective measure, a pay ratio over a thousand is insane.”