LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Andrus Anderson filed a gender pay gap lawsuit today against The Walt Disney Company, alleging that it routinely pays its women employees less than men. LaRonda Rasmussen, a plaintiff in the case, alleges that she has been paid tens of thousands of dollars less than her male co-workers, despite the fact that she performs the same work. Ms. Rasmussen’s lawsuit seeks to close the egregious gender pay gap that appears to be engrained in Disney’s culture.
“As Disney nears its 100th year in existence, it needs to catch up with the times,” said pay gap attorney Lori E. Andrus. “On this Equal Pay Day, these brave women are standing up to say that they are tired of having to catch up with their male coworkers’ earnings.”
Ms. Rasmussen is an exemplary employee who has worked for Disney for more than 11 years. She alleges that until 2017 she earned at least $24,000 less than the average male holding the same title of “Manager, Product Development.” When Ms. Rasmussen brought the issue to Disney’s attention, she received a long-overdue raise, but is still earning $5,000 less than the average man.
The lawsuit, Rasmussen v. The Walt Disney Company, et al., Case No. 19STCV10974 (Los Angeles County Superior Court), is brought as a class action on behalf of all women employed in California at Disney’s “Studio Entertainment” business segment. The suit alleges that Disney, the largest media company in the world, engages in systemic gender discrimination against its female employees through unequal pay in violation of California’s Equal Pay Act, Labor Code section 1197.5.
Attorneys Lori Andrus and Jennie Lee Anderson of Andrus Anderson LLP represent the plaintiffs and the proposed class. Andrus Anderson has a long history of successfully advocating to close the gender pay gap for women.
If you worked at Disney and believe that you experienced pay discrimination due to gender, you may be able to take part in this class action lawsuit. Contact Andrus Anderson at email@example.com to learn about your options.