On the tail of another wage suit in which Disney was ordered to pay over $400,000 in back wages, 36 financial analysts at Walt Disney Pictures have launched a lawsuit claiming denial of payment.
Unlike many wage suits, which are often started by blue-collar workers, this one is being put together by salaried analysts and contract researchers in the participations, royalties and residuals department at Walt Disney Pictures — these are the folks who make sure A-list stars get paid accurately by the studio.
The suit claims that the 36 were denied overtime wages between July 2004 and August 2010.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Lead plaintiffs Joseph Peralta and Pamela Ventura claim on behalf of the 36 salaried workers that they were inaccurately labeled as “exempt” under California labor law and denied overtime even though they worked more than 40 hours a week. The employees, “although performing non-exempt functions for the [studio], were misclassified as exempt employees and not paid overtime compensation,” according to the complaint, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.