According to the Department of Labor, Disney has been shorting cast members, who dress as Characters, pay for their pre-shift routine. Disney has been forced to send back pay to 16,339 of its Florida cast members.

The Department of Labor said the company violated wage laws by deducting a “uniform or costume” expense from the paychecks of some employees, causing their effective wages to fall below the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour. Disney did not compensate employees for the time they spent performing “pre-shift” duties, and that the resorts failed to adequately record time and payroll records.

Disney was charging cast for the time it took them to get ready to be “On Stage.”


“These violations are not uncommon and are found in other industries, as well,” said Daniel White, district director for the department’s Wage and Hour Division in Jacksonville, Florida. “Employers cannot make deductions that take workers below the minimum wage, and must accurately track and pay for all the hours their employees work, including any time they work before or after their scheduled shifts.”

Florida’s Minimum Wage is $8.10-per hour and California’s Minimum Wage is $10.50-per hour.

What do you think, Let us know down below: Is Disney nickel and diming cast members out of a decent wage? Should cast members pay start the moment they show up at costuming? Should Team Disney Orlando also pay cast members the same rate employees in California receive?