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Disneyland to Pay Workers to Change

March 16, 2001|E. SCOTT RECKARD

Disneyland is paying more than $1.7 million to about 10,000 past and current workers to settle complaints that some employees had to stay to change out of costumes while others were allowed to go home early in their uniforms.

The Anaheim park mailed checks for the total amount this week, Disneyland sources and state labor regulators said Thursday.

Additional payments will be made later this year until all hourly workers are phased into a program allowing uniforms to be worn home, said Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the state's Department of Industrial Relations. "For those who don't [wear costumes home], it can add up to an extra 15 minutes" a day in pay, he said.

The mailed payments range from $1 to more than $1,000 per worker, Disneyland spokeswoman Chela Castano-Lenahan said.

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