Disney Faces Pressure Over Gender Discrimination Policies

The Walt Disney Company is facing scrutiny over its compensation practices as a shareholder group and healthcare accountability organization prepare to present a proposal at the company’s annual meeting on April 3. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an investor in Disney, and Do No Harm have jointly submitted a shareholder proposal calling for an investigation into Disney’s allegedly discriminatory pay and benefits policies, particularly concerning employees affected by gender-switching advocacy.

The proposal seeks to address instances where employees who have undergone gender transitions have been psychologically or medically harmed, without receiving appropriate remedial care from the company. It questions why such compensation gaps exist at a company that claims to be tolerant and inclusive.

Chloe Cole, a patient advocate for Do No Harm and a vocal opponent of gender ideology, will speak in support of the proposal at the Disney meeting. Cole, who has testified before legislative bodies nationwide on the destructive health consequences of gender ideology, plans to share her personal story of the difficulties she faced in finding medical care and insurance coverage while attempting to ‘de-transition’ after initially trying to switch from her biological sex.

Ahead of the meeting, NLPC released a one-minute video highlighting the shareholder proposal and filed a white paper with the Securities and Exchange Commission to explain the necessity for Disney to investigate its discriminatory policies.

‘Disney has been so proud about its 100-percent score on the Corporate Equality Index, designed by the pro-LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Campaign, which requires companies to cover sex change treatments in their health insurance offerings,’ said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. ‘Now we call upon Mr. Iger to lead the way for Corporate America to provide equal care for those who have suffered physical harm as a result, and who want bodily restoration. Besides the damage they have suffered, they are also discriminated against.’

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission considers failure to provide equivalent pay and benefits based on categories including ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexual orientation’ as discriminatory. Even the Securities and Exchange Commission agreed with NLPC that de-transitioning individuals fit under such classifications when considering unfairness in corporate compensation practices.

In its opposition statement, Disney alleges that NLPC is just trying to ‘generate attention’ with a ‘narrow focus…to advance a limited agenda.’ However, Cole emphasizes the importance of addressing the company’s ‘irrational gender ideology policies,’ which she believes are destructive and discriminatory towards individuals like herself who have de-transitioned.

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