Does Disney Owe You Back Wages? Lawsuit Filed over Vacation Pay

According to, a former Disney employee in California, citing violations of the state’s labor code, has filed a wage and overtime lawsuit.

Reykeel Zorio, a former nonexempt employee, has filed a lawsuit saying Disney did not properly pay him the accrued vacation time he claims was his due when he left his job.

The lawsuit is reportedly seeking class action status, accusing Disney of failing immediately to provide employees who had been fired or terminated wages that were their due, as well as vacation time and other forms of compensation as stipulated under California labor employment law.

According to the lawsuit, per California labor code, employees who resign are required to be paid compensation owed within 72 hours of submitting their resignation.

The lawsuit names six Disney properties as defendants: Disneyland Hotel, Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park.

The proposed class action case would include “any and all former nonexempt employees of the two Disney companies named as defendants, who might have worked at any of the six named properties over the preceding four years.” reported that class action members are expected to exceed 500 people who would “be entitled to wages for each day they were not paid at their regular rate for up to 30 days from the time they were due.”

The lawsuit was filed on June 19 in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

What Should I Do If My Employer Owes Me Back Wages?

The employee protections in California are more expansive than under federal law so it is important for a person to know his or her rights. If an employer terminates an employee or he or she resigns, the employer must pay him or her all wages owed, including vacation pay, if applicable, at the time of termination.

In situations where this does not occur, class action lawsuits are important for employees to right their employers’ wrongs. Because an individual employee may only be missing an hour or two of pay or vacation, sometimes he or she may feel like it is not important to pursue a claim—however, this has probably occurred to other employees as well, so fighting back is necessary.

If you have been denied pay that you earned, please contact our office for a free consultation. You could be entitled to damages for past due wages, as well as negligence.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys

Did You Know? Hourly workers must be compensated at overtime rates if they work more than 40 hours a week.