After Disney dumps workers during record unemployment, ESPN Zone workers move forward with class-action lawsuit

Inner Harbor workers and allies are staging an action Monday, October 25, starting at 11 AM at the Power Plant and ending at the Garmatz Federal Courthouse at 12:30 PM, to highlight the filing of a class-action lawsuit against Disney’s ESPN Zone for failing to give workers adequate notice before suddenly shutting down in June, in violation of the federal WARN Act.

When the ESPN Zone failed to respond to workers’ request in June to meet face-to-face to resolve this blatant violation of worker rights, a committee of ESPN Zone workers decided to pursue legal action. “We are sending a message to Disney, ESPN Zone and Inner Harbor developers that private gain should not take precedence over human life. Corporate executives think they can break the law and just get away with it, because harbor developers do not enforce any human rights standards, but we are human beings and we have the right to dignity and respect,” says Debra Harris, a former ESPN Zone cook.

Maryland Legal Aid represents United Workers, a human rights organization led by low-wage workers that is organizing the ESPN Zone workers. Because Legal Aid is prohibited from filing class-action lawsuits by Congress, the Baltimore firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy represents the workers in the class-action lawsuit.

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