Muslim Disney Employee Sues over Religious Discrimination: Disney Won't Allow Hijab Head Scarf
A former Disneyland restaurant employee has sued Walt Disney Co for harassment and religious discrimination, saying she was fired because she wanted to wear a Muslim head scarf at work. 28-year old Muslim Imane Boudlal worked as a hostess at the Storytellers Cafe, a restaurant inside Disney's Grand California Hotel & Spa at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, according to a complaint filed in federal court. Two years into the job, Boudlal asked permission to wear a hijab, a head scarf worn by Muslim women, while at work. She said she offered to wear a scarf that matched the colors of her uniform or featured a Disney logo. Boudlal was given the choice of working in a back area, away from customers, or wearing a fedora-style hat on top of her head scarf. When Boudlal refused, she was fired, the lawsuit states. A US citizen who was born in Morocco, Boudlal said she was also subject to anti-Arab and anti-Muslim slurs, including being called "terrorist" and "camel" by co-workers and supervisors. She said she reported the incidents to managers but they took no action.