A Florida Disney employee ripped the company’s campaign to cover abortion
travel costs for workers, telling The Post on Saturday it’ll be bad for
business and would “alienate” customers.
Jose Castillo, who works in resort management in Orlando, accused the Walt
Disney Co. of trying to influence politics after wading into the fraught
abortion issue in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
Disney was among the big American names to speak out after the landmark
abortion case was struck down Friday, vowing in an internal memo that they
would reimburse employees who have to travel out-of-state to have the
procedure carried out.
“Disney knew full well that this memo would be leaked and make national
news,” Castillo, who is also a GOP FL-9 Congressional candidate, told The
“They sent it anyway because Disney wants to make a political statement
and attempt, once more, to influence our country’s political process.”
Disney is also embroiled in an ongoing battle with Republican-dominated
Florida and its Gov. 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.
“As we have seen in recent months Disney’s political activism has hurt the
company financially and it is my belief that the Board of Directors is
violating it’s fiduciary duty to shareholders by continuing to comment on
divisive political matters.”
Disney joined the likes of Facebook parent Meta, American Express, Bank of
America, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Starbucks and Lyft in taking similar action
after Friday’s ruling.
While some of the wokest companies in the US took a stance, a number of
others opted 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
Maurice Schweitzer, a University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of
Business professor, said the handful of companies taking a stand on the
court’s ruling are doing so because customers and employees are expecting
them to speak out.
“We’re in this moment in time where we’re expecting corporate leaders to
also be leaders in the political sphere,” he said. “A lot of employees
expect to work in companies that not only pay them well, but whose values
are aligned with theirs.”
But the vast majority of big name executives will likely avoid the thorny
topic altogether — which also poses its own risks, he added.
“They can either support travel for out-of-state care and risk lawsuits
and the ire of local politicians, or they can not include this coverage
and risk the ire of employees,” Schweitzer said.
With Post wires