Disney Debate: Woman Sues The Magic Kingdom To Wear Headscarf While Working
Disneyland. The magic kingdom. It’s supposed to be the happiest place on Earth, but for one Disney employee that doesn’t seem to be the case. Imane Boudlal wants to wear her Muslim headscarf at work. However, protocol at the Magic Kingdom disagrees because it goes against policy.
Imane Boudlal says she was sent home without pay on multiple occasions for refusing to take off her headscarf, otherwise known as a hijab, while working as a hostess in a Disney-owned restaurant. Prompting Boudlal to bring Disney in front of the US Equal Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that handles claims of workplace discrimination.
It is widely known that Disneyland employees have a strict dress code policy, which coincides with specific costumes assigned to different jobs. Disneyland spokesperson Suzi Brown explains:
It has to do with the costume, every role at Disneyland Resort has a specific costume.
She went onto add that many Disneyland employees behind the scenes continue to wear religious clothing and work behind the scenes. However, Imane Boudal believes being forced to work behind the scenes due to their religious affiliation.