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Workers Sue Disney in Privacy Class Action

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Despite the Walt Disney Co.'s panoply of high-tech gadgets, the company can't or won't issue its workers ID cards that prevent their Social Security numbers from being stolen, workers say in a class action in Superior Court.

The workers say they are required to use Disney ID cards, which contain their Social Security numbers, to gain entry to restricted work areas, to clock in and out, and to use employee parking lots, among other things.

They say the Social Security numbers are imbedded in the ID cards' barcodes, and that the cards often are stacked on managers' desks, where they can easily be stolen.

The cards can be interpreted by a bar code scanner and Disney has failed to establish a system to ensure its workers' privacy, according to the 13-page complaint.

Lead plaintiffs Kristi Richards and Jorge Iniestra seek class damages for violations of California business and professional codes, the California Constitution, and common-law privacy invasion.

They are represented by Randy Renick with Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson & Renick, of Pasadena.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is also named as a defendant.

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