I don't care if I reveal the company's name, this needs to be heard
** Excuse the formatting, I’m on mobile and I’m so pissed I couldn’t wait to post this. Also it’s long. Sorry.
I’ve posted here before, I work at the mouse theme park, but I don’t care about keeping it secret now, this is unacceptable and I need everyone to know what I’m talking about.
Little back story, I’ve been working for the Walt Disney Company for 3 years and my best friend has worked there for about 5 years. He’s been my best friend since 6th grade and is one of the most kind and genuine people I’ve ever known. He even let me use his personnel number as a reference when I applied for the job. We work in different areas. He’s in Disneyland and I’m in Disney’s California Adventure.
Now for those of you who do not know, Disney has a point system. We get 36 points a year to use and honestly, it’s hard to not go over every once in a while. Basically 3 strikes in a year and you’re out. Calling out sick is 3 points and you can be gone for 6 days without getting more than 3 points as long as you have a doctor’s note if you’re gone longer. Calling out personal/dependant is 3 points but you can’t call out multiple days. A tardy is 1.5 points. Sometimes, it’s easier just to call out sick and take a few extra days off. But for some who depends on that paycheck, it’s not an option.
Ok if you’re still reading this, buckle up kids because this ride is filled with a whole lot of bullshit. So my friend was sexually harassed and assaulted by a fellow cast member. His lead. They are both male and even though my friend is LGBT, it doesn’t mean that the advance was wanted. So like most victims, my friend was very traumatized. My friend is also very smart. He did the right thing, even though it was probably painful and very triggering (I honestly cannot imagine how hard it was for him), and reported it to his managers and HR. The lead was force transferred to a different area and stripped of his lead status. Not fired…Just transferred… FOR ASSAULTING SOMEONE!!!!
Fast forward a little after the incident and my friend is still understandably shaken up from the events. He had a lot of anxiety and suffered multiple panic attacks. Unfortunately, these panic attacks happened before his shifts. They made him late. Now, you’ll recall me mentioning that you get 1.5 points for being late and honestly shit happens and keeping points under control is really hard. My friend couldn’t just call out because he and his family depend on his income. The managers, WHO WERE AWARE OF THE SITUATION, suspended him.
Well guess what? He had his meeting today to discuss his suspension. Wana know the result? Well, because of all the points from being late due to panic attacks, as a result of being fucking assaulted, the company terminated his employment.
Fucked up right? The guy who assaulted him gets to continue working for the company and the victim gets terminated.
My friend COULD come back and work for the company in 6 months, but as a new hire. So he loses ALL of his seniority.
Despite everything, my poor friend is scared to take this issue to court because Disney is such a powerful company and he’s convinced he wouldn’t win the case.
So please please please… I know I don’t have a lot of followers other than porn bots and even if my blog offends you or whatever, I NEED y'all to reblog this and make it known what my friend is going through. Disney is starting to become so corrupt that their cast members are of little concern now. So please boost this. I want everyone to know what is happening.
I know you’re wondering about my employment, well I don’t even want to work for the company anymore. I’ve been on medical leave for my own mental health and honestly, I don’t want to go back. I don’t want to work for a company who could treat their cast members like this, let alone victims of an assault.
So again, please share this with everyone you know. Share it with your followers, cast members, friends, family, strangers, anyone you can think of. Please my best friend deserves some justice for this shit.