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30 former employees accuse Disney of discrimination

Texas workers who are employed in the information technology field may be interested to learn that 30 former IT workers have filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney World. They claimed that they had been discriminated against by being terminated so that they could be replaced by contractors from India.

According to the lawsuit, 250 IT workers were required to train their replacements prior to being fired at the end of 2014. The lawsuit notes that every single replacement worker was brought in from outside the United States. Further, the plaintiffs claimed that the replacements were given special treatment while the former workers were treated poorly. Disney responded to the claims, stating that it would vigorously dispute the accusations. Disney stated that the employees were let go because the department was restructuring and the skills these employees had were no longer needed.

Two similar lawsuits had been previously brought against Disney. In these lawsuits, two former employees argued that false statements were made on the visa forms for the replacement workers. However, these two cases were ultimately dismissed.

Workers who are let go due to their sex, religion, race or nationality may have the basis for filing a wrongful termination lawsuit,as in most cases Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes such practices illegal. An attorney may assist with gathering evidence that demonstrates that they were unfairly discriminated against, such as emails, text messages, or phone calls. If it appears that there was such a violation, the first step could be the filing of a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Source: ABC News, "Disney IT Workers Allege Discrimination in Lawsuit", Mike Schneider, Dec. 14, 2016

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