Here's a woman who, after working for years at Disney, decides to sue Disney to wear the hijab. "Disney is known for its strict dress code, called the Disney Look, which has been in place since 1957." It's stealth, cultural jihad.
This is not about hijab, this is about Islamic supremacism and imposing Islam on the secular society. Icons are a favored target. Halal Mickey. Porky Pig's future is looking mighty bleak.
A Disneyland Resort hotel employee accused Disney of discrimination for refusing to let her wear a Muslim head scarf at work in public.
Imane Boudlal, a restaurant hostess at the Storytellers’ Cafe in the Grand Californian Hotel in Downtown Disney, said she has been sent home without pay four times this week after attempting to wear a hijab at work.
But Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, said Boudlal was offered a behind-the-scenes assignment at the restaurant until a solution could be figured out. Brown denied that the company discriminated against Boudlal.
Wednesday afternoon, Boudlal was turned away for the fourth time from her public hostess job after holding a press conference to bring attention to the issue. About 50 supporters — some of whom wore head scarves — followed her to the front of the restaurant, praying and rallying as they waited for an answer and Disney visitors walked by. Boudlal again was told that she could take an assignment out of public view.
“I’m not going to accept to work in the back,” said Boudlal, 26, of Anaheim.
In the press conference, Boudlal said she believes she was discriminated against because she looks Muslim. Boudlal said she sent a letter to Disney requesting that she be able to wear a head scarf. After they kept delaying a response, she decided to report to work with it.
“I’m not here to scare anyone,” she said. “I’m here to do my job.”
On Wednesday, Boudlal filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a letter demanding back pay from Disney, said Ameena Qazi, an attorney from Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is representing Boudlal. Qazi said she believes that Disney is breaking state and federal laws.
“The company values diversity and has a long-standing policy against discrimination of any kind,” said Brown of Disney in the prepared statement.
“Ms. Boudlal has worked for the company for more than two years and recently made the request to wear a hijab, and we have been working directly with her on accommodations. In the interim, we offered reasonable accommodations to allow her to work during her scheduled shifts, which she declined.”
The hijab issue comes as a national debate brews about a proposed Islamic center near the former World Trade Center site in New York City.
Boudlal decided to try wearing the head scarf to work after becoming a U.S. citizen in June and learning about her rights of freedom of religion. Some Muslim women wear a hijab, which covers the hair and neck, as a form of modesty.
This isn’t the first time that Disney has faced the hijab issue.
In 2004, a former Disney World employee sued the company, saying she was fired for wearing a hijab on the job in Orlando, Fla.. Disney also offered the woman a behind-the-scenes job. Complaints have also been filed about the issue against other high-profile companies, including McDonald’s and Abercrombie and Fitch.
Disney is known for its strict dress code, called the Disney Look, which has been in place since 1957.
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