In February 2011, a class encompassing more than 20,000 California Disney employees filed a lawsuit against Disney in the Central District of California for violations of privacy and related causes of action in connection with employee identification cards.  These cards contained the encoded social security numbers of each employee/cardholder.  Allegedly, Disney was aware that a simple barcode scanner could reveal the social security number contained on each identification card.  Further, Plaintiffs alleged that managers kept the cards on their desks and in other places where they could be easily accessed or stolen, thus leaving employees vulnerable to identity theft.  Although the matter was dismissed in May, this case reiterates the importance of careful use and display of social security numbers, especially in light of California Labor Code section 226 and California Civil Code section 1798.85 et seq. restricting disclosure of such information.