Monday, September 27, 2010

Disney, Muslim Worker OK Hijab Compromise « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

Disney, Muslim Worker OK Hijab Compromise « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

ANAHEIM (CBS/AP) — Facing two separate cases of workers suing the company over its ban on religious head covering, Disney has decided to allow a Muslim employee at its Orange County park to wear a specially designed headscarf after initially objecting to her religious head covering.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says Monday that 22-year-old Noor Abdallah was told she couldn’t wear the hijab while working as a vacation planner at a Disneyland ResortEsplanade ticket booth. She declined to take another job away from the public.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the park worked with Abdallah to design a covering to match her costume and meet her religious needs. She’s been wearing a blue scarf topped with a beret since early this month.

Brown says the case is separate from that of another Muslim Disney worker who refused to accept a costume headpiece and filed a federal discrimination complaint.

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