Muslim Disneyland employee outraged after she’s told she ‘cannot wear her hijab to work’ – A Muslim woman has filed a complaint claiming that the Disneyland restaurant where she works would not allow her to wear a hijab.
Controversy: Imane Boudlal at a news conference in Anaheim, California, yesterday
Rights: Imane in Anaheim yesterday, wearing her own hijab
Imane Boudlal, 26, claimed that when she wore the hijab to work Sunday, her supervisors told her to remove it, work where customers couldn’t see her, or go home.
Boudlal, who wore the scarf in observance of Ramadan, went home. When she showed up for work the next two days, she was told the same thing, she said.
‘Miss Boudlal has effectively understood that they’re not interested in accommodating her request either in timing or good faith,’ said Ameena Qazi, an attorney from the Council on American-Islamic Relations who is consulting with Boudlal.
Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said Disney has a policy not to discriminate.
The resort offered Boudlal a chance to work with the head covering away from customers while Disneyland tries to find a compromise.
‘Typically, somebody in an on-stage position like hers wouldn’t wear something like that, that’s not part of the costume,’ Brown said.
‘We were trying to accommodate her with a backstage position that would allow her to work.
‘We gave her a couple of different options and she chose not to take those and to go home.’
Boudlal, who is from Morocco, has worked at the Storyteller restaurant at the hotel for two years.
However she only realized she could wear her hijab to work after studying for her U.S. citizenship exam in June, Qazi said.
She asked her supervisors if she could wear the scarf and was told they would consult with the corporate office, Qazi said.
Boudlal didn’t hear anything for two months and was then told she could wear a head scarf, but it had to be designed by Disneyland’s costume department to comply with the Disney look, Qazi said.
She was fitted for a Disney-supplied head scarf – but Disney never told her when it would be finished.
Boudlal wore her own hijab to work for the first time Sunday.
‘After these two months and this complicated process, she decided to come forward,’ Qazi said.
‘She really wanted to be able to wear it on Ramadan.’ ( dailymail.co.uk )