As an heiress to the Disney fortune, anything Abigail Disney says about the brand beloved by millions worldwide garners attention.
And she’s calling out Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger for his nearly $66 million yearly salary , saying he isn’t doing enough to rectify the huge gap between his own earnings and that of other Disney workers.
“Bob needs to understand he’s an employee, just the same as the people scrubbing gum off the sidewalk are employees,” Disney said during an interview with the Yahoo News show Through Her Eyes.
“And they’re entitled to all the same dignity and human rights that he is.”
Iger’s pay check last year was more than 1000 times what the median Disney employee made in 2018, according to Equilar .
View photos Abigail Disney called out Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger for his annual $66 million salary. Source: File/Getty Images More To understand the grievances of Walt Disney Co. employees, Abigail Disney said she recently went undercover to Disneyland after receiving a Facebook message from a distressed worker.
She said what she found at The Happiest Place on Earth was a façade that was about to crack from the pressure of making ends meet.
“Every single one of these people I talked to were saying: ‘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 recalled, adding that this was not the work environment her grandfather Roy O. Disney sought out to create.
View photos Disney CEO Bob Iger has come under attack from the Disney heiress due to his high salary. Source: File/Getty Images More “I was so livid when I came out of there because, you know, my grandfather taught me to revere these people that take your tickets, that pour your soda,” she continued.
“Those people are much of the recipe for success.”
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Disney says her efforts are part of preserving a work culture of respect that originated with her grandfather and that she says has gradually declined at the Walt Disney Co.
“When my grandfather worked there, he hired people there to have a job for life,” she said.
Complaints against sexist pay-gap The company has also been accused of sexist pay practices. Earlier this month, four new women joined a major pay-gap case against it, according to the Guardian .
They are part of a larger class-action lawsuit, filed in April, alleging the company systematically underpays its female employees. Disney denied the allegations.
A filmmaker and philanthropist, Abigail Disney does not have an active role in the company her grandfather co-founded. But she says she recently wrote to Iger expressing her concerns.
LINK ORIGINAL: Yahoo