Disney Defends Its Pay Practices After Being Called Out by Abigail Disney

Disney has responded to comments made by Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney, condemning what she sees as gross imbalances in the company’s salary practices. In a lengthy series of tweets made on Sunday, Ms. Disney said “by any objective measure a pay ratio over a thousand is insane,” adding that such an imbalance has a “corrosive effect on society.” She began her remarks referencing Disney CEO Bob Iger, who made $65.6 million last year, or 1,424 times that of the median Mouse House employee.

In a statement given to the New York Times, the company defended it salary practices, aggressively disputing Ms. Disney’s characterizations.

“Disney has made historic investments to expand the earning potential and upward mobility of our workers, implementing a starting hourly wage of $15 at Disneyland that’s double the federal minimum wage,” the statement said, adding that the company had committed up to
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