Disney Sued For Outsourcing Workers

Just to be clear, folks, we mean the Disney Corporation — not Walt himself. That nazi’s been dead for years.

And no, I’m pretty sure he’s not actually frozen, and I’m also pretty sure  you can’t revive a someone who was frozen alive… and doesn’t freezing people kill them in the first place? Anyway, the park is in hot water for outsourcing the American workers with less costly ones overseas. Unfamiliar with the term? We’ll let the Simpsons explain it for you.

As TheWrap reports:

Disney has been hit with a pair of lawsuits by two former employees who claim the home of Mickey Mouse conspired with two outsourcing firms to replace workers with less costly foreign ones using H-1B visas…The two lawsuits were filed in federal court in the Middle District of Florida by Leo Perrero and Dena Moore, who were among 250 Disney tech workers laid off around a year ago. The lawsuits seek class-action status.

Around two dozen employees who have recently been laid off have made similar complaints. Disney does not appear to be singling out any country in particular for its new workforce, but generally seems to prefer replacing workers in Florida. Reports also assert that fired workers were “forced” to train new workers.

Disney’s justification for this is that they require more workers in the STEM field, and those workers are just “too hard” to find in the States. This is where things get complicated. On one hand, the H-1B visa allows American companies to outsource when American workers are grossly under-qualified, but the law does prohibit foreign workers to actually supplant American workers. That said, Disney has said in statements that the legal action taken against them has misrepresented the facts.

All in all, though, considering I moonlight for a British publication, I should probably shut the hell up.

[The Wrap]

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