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March 22, 2011
Workers call on Disney to replace ID cards encoded with social security numbers
ANAHEIM-A group of Disney hotel workers delivered a 1,500-signature petition to Disney management today, March 22, demanding that the company replace employee ID cards encoded with social security numbers. Signatories are bellman, housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, cashiers and more who work inside the three Disneyland Resort hotels.
The petition submission comes exactly one month after three Disneyland Resort hotel workers announced a class action lawsuit against the company, similarly demanding that it stop exposing its employees to identify theft by encoding social security numbers in the cards, workers are required to keep on them at all times.
"We are frustrated by the Disney’s inaction and nervous about the fact that our personal financial information is at risk," said Glynndana Shevlin, a Disneyland Hotel worker. "We hope this petition helps demonstrate how serious we all are about seeing this issue resolved."
Some workers have said they’ve known for months about the ID problem, and started asked managers to solve the problem five months ago.
"We raised the issue to management in early January, and were told in response to be careful with our IDs," said Antonia Castro, an employee at the Disneyland Hotel. "I think the company can and should do more to eliminate this risk."
The employee’s private information including their Social Security number can be seen using most smart phones, including the Apple iPhone and those running the Android operating system.
Hotel workers are not the only workers to be affected by the problem. Some 20,000 Disneyland employees are required to carry the encoded ID cards.
"Two thousand five hundred of our members have ID cards that jeopardize their personal safety. Just like the hotel workers, we expect Disney to address issue immediately," said Rick Eiden, Executive Vice President of UFCW 324.