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Disneyland Workers Sue Over SSN-Embedded ID Cards

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(Ric Francis/AP Photo)

(Ric Francis/AP Photo)

ANAHEIM (CBS/AP) — Employees at the “happiest place on Earth” aren’t too happy about what they say is a major privacy violation.

Several Disneyland employees have filed a lawsuit claiming the company is violating the law by issuing worker IDs that are embedded with Social Security numbers that can be read by smart phones.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles seeks class-action status for up to 20,000 current and former Disney employees for invasion of privacy and violations of the California Constitution and business code.

Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the company is working to modify its computer systems “to address ever-changing technologies, including third-party cell phone apps.”

Union leaders announced the lawsuit at a press conference in the midst of bitter month-long negotiations with Disney.

Brown says the union is using the lawsuit to distract from those talks.

Disney recently settled disputes with a pair of Muslim employees over the company’s ban on religious coverings by agreeing to allow them to wear a specially designed headscarf while working at the amusement park.

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