Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Disneyland bends on employee wearing hijab, Muslim rights group says - latimes.com

Disneyland bends on employee wearing hijab, Muslim rights group says - latimes.com

The group intervened, and after a week Disney agreed to accommodate the woman in her original position as a vacation planner, it said.

Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland Resort, said the employee is being allowed to wear a fitted blue head scarf with a beret-style hat over it.

Vacation planners are costumed employees, whose outfits include an optional baseball-style cap. Unlike other employees, the worker in question will not have the option to take off her hat while wearing the scarf-type covering, Brown said. Vacation planners sell tickets in a box office.

"Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a long history of accommodating a variety of religious requests from cast members of all faiths with more than 200 accommodations made over the last three years," Brown said. "And this instance was no different."

The American-Islamic group has received other complaints over the years from Muslim women who said they have been denied "front-stage jobs" with Disney because of their hijabs.

A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a Disney-owned restaurant filed a discrimination complaint earlier this year, saying that she had repeatedly been sent home without pay for refusing to remove her head scarf at work.

COMMENTS:

smrgn14 at 9:03 AM September 28, 2010
these muslims are nuts..they set up mosque in houses so they get tax breaks, they kill over cartoons, they kill over the koran and yet they burn the Bible, the kill Christians in the middle east..please these are not a peaceful people..look at what is going on in NY and they refuse to say who and where they get financing for all these mosques

Assimulated at 7:19 PM September 27, 2010
At first I was going to agree with everyone here and side with Disney. Companies should be able to tell their employees what to wear but Disney states that their employees are all characters. I remembered that Disney made money off of Aladin. They made millions and are still making money. If memory serves me correctly, Princess Jasmine hijab. If you have characters that wear the exact same thing that you are banning then what exactly are you doing. Disney is very happy to take your money on their terms and step on the American ideal of religious freedom when it suits them. Unless you are a Native American, you are a descendent of an immigrant who wanted a piece of the American dream. why do you step on someone else's American dream when they use our laws to favor something you do not agree to.

Joseph Montemarano at 6:15 PM September 27, 2010
Here's the job. Here's the uniform. Oh, you don't like the uniform? GO WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE!

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