An attorney is speaking out against Senator Marco Rubio and the displacement of American workers at Disney World.
Sara Blackwell, president of Protecting U.S. Workers, is preparing to file a class-action lawsuit against Walt Disney World for employment discrimination based on race, age, and national origin. The only thing she's waiting on is the response from Florida officials and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is a necessary requirement for her case.
"Walt Disney World announced that it was another record profit year," she begins. "A couple months later, October 2014, they called in 200 to 300 of their IT workers who had been growing in the company, who are usually between their 40s and 60s. They called them all in the room and told them they were being fired on January 30, 2015."
According to Blackwell, the workers were notified they had to train their replacements – people Blackwell describes as foreigners from India and other countries who weren't as trained and proficient as the workers being fired.
The workers were offered a bonus, explains the attorney – but only if they trained their replacements. That precipitated the legal action.
"Title VII of the Civil Rights Act provides protections for certain categories of people," the attorney explains. "Florida is an at-will employment state; you can be fired for any reason or no reason or a bad reason, as long as it is not an illegal reason.
"Title VII says the protected classes are race, age, disability, religion, national origin. Those people cannot be fired just to save money," she continues. "These Americans were terminated because they are American nationals, because of their race, and because of their age. Nearly most of the Americans who were terminated were over the age of 40, and almost all of the foreigners coming in and taking over their jobs were in their early 20s."
Breitbart.com was among the first news outlets to report on this situation. In one interview, Blackwell was quoted as saying GOP presidential candidate and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a "liar," which she confirmed to OneNewsNow is an accurate quote. Blackwell says the Republican presidential hopeful has pushed to triple the number of H-1B visas – visas that Blackwell says are contributing to the displacement of American workers, many of whom are in the IT field.
"Rubio has been saying that we don't have enough qualified workers in America to fill these IT positions," she adds. "At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Americans who are in those jobs are completely being fired for the sake of corporate greed. It's because these companies want to save a penny here or there."
Blackwell writes that several other major corporations have taken similar action against their employees – among them are AT&T, Toys R Us, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft.
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