Don't wear head scarf, Disneyland asks employee

Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 14:58 [IST]
 
'Remove head scarf and then work'

California, Aug 19: Imane Boudlal, a Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a Disneyland restaurant alleged that the theme park would not allow her to appear in front of customers while wearing head scarf.

Imane Boudlal, appeared outside the resort's Grand Californian Hotel after filing a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Disney told Imane Boudlal that if she wanted to work as a hostess she had to remove her hijab because it did not comply with the Disney Look.

Disney further advised Imane that if she refused to remove her hijab, she could either work a back-of-the-house position where any customers would not see her, or else go home.

Imane, who wore the scarf in observance of Ramadan, chose to go home but reported to work for the next two days and was told the same thing.

However, Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi 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."

"Their offer to put me in the back is humiliating," Imane Boudlal said in a statement. "They're saying because I'm Arab, because I'm Moroccan, because I'm Muslim, they don't want to see me in the front."

OneIndia News

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