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Ex-Disney worker claims racial discrimination got her terminated

Disney World is generally associated with happiness and great memories for those who visit, but it may not always be as wonderful for its employees. A black woman who worked at the Florida theme park is alleging that she was the victim of racial discrimination. The plaintiff worked as a contract administrator for the company from 2012 to early 2014. Some of her duties included making photocopies, attending to guests and answering the telephone.

According to her complaint, Disney had a dress policy which they called the "Disney Look." This look did not allow for extreme hair styles or dress and promoted a professional and neat appearance. The woman claims that she adhered to the policy, but an executive disagreed and stated that the pair of dress shoes she was wearing were too extreme. Her non-black coworkers were allegedly never disciplined for wearing items that fell under the same guidelines of the dress policy.

The plaintiff asserts that her work conditions were not equal to those of her white peers. She claims that she did not have a printer and that the cubicle she worked in was not as large as her white coworkers. Her associates allegedly made racist comments toward her and mocked her heritage.

After all of the alleged unfair treatment she received and the uncomfortable environment, she said that she complained to her supervisors about how she was treated. She asserts that she abruptly lost her job, and when she inquired about the reason, she was told that there wasn't anything that she had done wrong. The Florida woman filed a racial discrimination complaint against Disney and also filed a complaint against the staffing company that placed her at the theme park. If a court determines that the submitted evidence sustains her claims, she may be awarded monetary compensation for the emotional stress she endured as well as lost wages and benefits. In similar circumstances, reinstatement to a former position may also be ordered by the court.

Source: orlandosentinel.com, "Former Disney World temp files race discrimination suit", Paul Brinkmann, Feb. 10, 2015

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