Walt Disney company not giving severance to people who find a new job after being laid off

Walt Disney company not giving severance to people who find a new job after being laid off

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Katherine Nocito started this petition to Walt Disney Board of Directors and

Over the last few weeks, over 28,000 people were laid off at Disney (with more to come in a few weeks). Many of these people were part time Cast Members. But approximately 6700 people were full time salaried Cast Members who have been with the Walt Disney Company for years. They were given a separation day of December 4th 2020, and they are now being paid again their salary until that date with the offer of continuing their benefits past that day if they need so. This is very generous of Disney and we appreciate it. 

The issue is that if you find and take a job before December 4th, you lose your severance pay. For some who have worked at Disney for a few year, this isn't a big deal- but for some we are talking tens of thousands of dollars. 

The area around Disney is suffering since Disney literally props up all surrounding businesses. It is going to be hard for these people to find jobs- and some may have to move. They need those severance packages to move across country and find jobs. 

There are positions out there that could be applied for today- and yet Disney is making their Cast Members that they laid off wait until December 4th to accept a job. I understand that if you take a new position, you should not be getting that weekly paycheck or your benefits anymore- but that severance package has been worked for. These people have given their time, blood, sweat and tears for this Company. They have missed their kids' birthdays, Christmas' etc to make Disney the Happiest Place on Earth.

Universal, Sea World, and other companies are also laying off their employees. By keeping the Cast Members of Disney unable to look for a job until December 4th because they could lose their severance (something that they have earned), there will be opportunities missed. These Cast Members may have to take jobs in different fields, making less money (by thousands) because they missed the opportunity on two months worth of open jobs that other theme park employees have the availability to apply for. 

Please, allow your recently laid off (and heartbroken) Cast Members look for a job and accept a job while keeping the Severance they have worked so hard for. This is not a Golden Parachute for these people, but it is money that will keep them afloat. They can't afford to not take the severance pay after being furloughed for six months- and that should not prevent them from being able to find a job as soon as possible. Please reconsider this rule- and if separated before December 4th, let them keep their severance package that they have worked so hard for. These are loyal Cast Members who until recently had hope of returning to the beloved jobs. They are devastated.  They need to move on with their lives. If you make them all wait until December 4th, they may not have any jobs available- and then you are going to be responsible for people losing everything they have worked so hard for. 

You, The Walt Disney Company, are known for being the Happiest Place on Earth. Your Cast Members have been struggling at home, not being able to do their jobs, and now to hear that they have lost their jobs and their Disney O'hana, and that they can't apply for a new position until Dec 4, it is heartbreaking. Please consider the lives of your people, the long term cost of what holding them back from finding employment and how it will affect them (both financially, mentally and emotionally). 

We understand that this is a business decision- but as a Shareholder, I believe that this move is unjust. And I also believe goodwill is due to these Cast Members. Please let them find work and still be given their severance package.

Thank you in advance

 

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