Religion in Society

Muslim Disneyland Employee Refuses Disney-Approved Hat

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Muslim employee at Disneyland, who is not allowed to wear her head scarf at work, is refusing Disney's latest compromise -- a specially-designed hat.

Imane Boudlal is a hostess at a restaurant at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She accuses Disney of discriminating against her religion, sending her home seven times without pay for refusing to remove her scarf, known as a "hijab." She also refuses to take a behind-the-scenes job in which she could wear her scarf out of the view of customers.

Boudlal said a Disney-designed hat-and-bonnet is an embarrassment, and makes a joke of her Muslim faith.

Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown, however, said the head covering accommodates both Boudlal's beliefs and Disney costuming guidelines. She said it was one of several options Disney made after Boudlal requested alterations to the approved covering.

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Last week, Boudlal filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.