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Disney slams claims by family heiress about working conditions

The Walt Disney Co. has called scathing claims by a family heiress about worker conditions at Disneyland “a gross and unfair exaggeration of the facts.”

In a recent interview for Yahoo’s “Through Her Eyes,” Abigail Disney, 59, described going undercover at the park in Anaheim, California, last year after a worker reached out to her on Facebook.

“Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, ‘I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage,’” Disney told human rights activist Zainab Salbi, the host of the weekly show.

“I was so livid when I came out of there because, you know, my grandfather taught me to revere these people that take your tickets, that pour your soda,” she said.

“Those people are much of the recipe for success. When my grandfather worked there, he hired people there to have a job for life,” added Disney, referring to Roy Disney, who co-founded the company with his brother, Walt.

Abigail Disney does not have an active role in the company.

A Disney rep responded to her claims, saying in a statement to The Post: “We generally avoid commenting on such baseless reports like this, but this one is particularly egregious and we won’t let this stand.

“We strongly disagree with this characterization of our employees and their experience at Disney. This widely reported stunt is a gross and unfair exaggeration of the facts that is not only a misrepresentation but also an insult to the thousands of employees who are part of the Disney community.

“We continually strive to enhance the employment experience of our more than 200,000 employees through a variety of benefits and programs that provide them opportunity, mobility and well-being.”

The statement adds that workers at the Disney parks in Orlando and Anaheim earn an average of $19.50 an hour, “significantly above the federal minimum wage.”

Employees also have access to a variety of benefits, from “subsidized child care to generous leave policies, from convenient access to pharmacies and clinics to free college degrees and vocational training programs,” the company said.

“We’re proud of the work we’ve done to improve the lives of our employees, and of the more than 45,000 jobs we’ve added in the United States since 2005,” it said.

Disneyland, which employs about 30,000 cast members, pays a starting hourly wage of $15, which is higher than the California minimum wage requirement of $12 an hour.

Full-time workers also are offered low-cost health care benefits and child care assistance, a spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

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