Disney worker rips company over vow to pay abortion costs

A Florida Disney employee has torn up the company’s campaign to cover workers’ abortion travel costs, telling the Post on Saturday that it would be bad for business and “alienate” customers.

Jose Castillo, who works in resort management in Orlando, accused the Walt Disney Co. of trying to influence policy after it looked into the issue of abortion following the cancellation by the Roe Supreme Court v. Wade.

Disney was among the big names in America to speak out after the landmark abortion case was quashed on Friday, vowing in an internal memo that they would reimburse employees who must travel out of state for the procedure to be completed. carried out.

“Disney knew full well that this memo would be leaked and would make national news,” Castillo, who is also a GOP FL-9 congressional candidate, told The Post.

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“They sent it anyway because Disney wants to make a political statement and try, once again, to influence the political process in our country.”

A statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse stands near Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on January 9, 2019.
Disney resort manager Jose Castillo believes the company is alienating “potential customers”.
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Disney is also embroiled in an ongoing battle with Republican-dominated Florida and its Governor Ron DeSantis over the company’s opposition to the “Don’t Say Gay” law.

“This is yet another attempt by Disney to take a political stance that will inevitably alienate potential customers,” Castillo said.

Jose Castillo
Jose Castillo is running for Florida’s 9th congressional district.

“As we have seen in recent months, Disney’s political activism has hurt the company financially and I believe the board is violating its fiduciary duty to shareholders by continuing to comment on divisive political issues. “

Disney joined companies including Meta, American Express, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Starbucks and Facebook’s parent company Lyft in taking similar action after Friday’s ruling.

While some of the most woke companies in the United States have taken a stand, a number of others have chosen to remain silent.

McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Tyson and Marriott chose not to comment.

And Arkansas-based Walmart — the nation’s largest employer with a number of stores in states that will immediately trigger abortion bans — also remained silent.

Maurice Schweitzer, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, said the handful of companies taking a stand on the court’s ruling were doing so because customers and employees expected them to s express.

“We are at a time when we expect business leaders to be leaders in the political sphere as well,” he said. “Many employees expect to work at companies that not only pay them well, but whose values ​​are aligned with their own.”

Anti-abortion protesters celebrate after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 49-year-old Roe v.  Wade before the United States Supreme Court on Friday, June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC
Jose Castillo argues that Disney is getting too politically active.
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Anti-abortion supporters celebrate Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v.  Wade.
Anti-abortion supporters celebrate Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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But the vast majority of big-name executives are likely to avoid the thorny topic altogether — which also poses its own risks, he added.

“They can either cover travel for out-of-state care and risk lawsuits and the wrath of local politicians, or they can’t include that coverage and risk the wrath of employees,” Schweitzer said.

With post wires

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