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Disney CEO to Embark on Listening Tour After LGBTQ Bill Uproar

  • Chapek, heads of HR, diversity address staffers at town hall
  • Workers plan full-day walkout Tuesday to protest Florida bill
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Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek postponed a management retreat and will meet with employees on a global listening tour, an effort to calm an internal uproar over the company’s response to a Florida bill barring schools from discussing sexual orientation with their youngest pupils.

Disney executives announced the plan Monday at a town hall for employees that was held in part to address the controversy, according to people listening in. Earlier this month, Chapek said the company wouldn’t take a public position on the Florida legislation, prompting protests from employees. He later reversed that decision and apologized.