A Muslim woman employed as a restaurant hostess in Disneyland, California has been sent home for wearing a hijab head scarf.
Imane Boudlal has filed a complaint with the US Equal Opportunity Commission claiming supervisors told her to remove it or work “in the back” where customers would be unable to see her.
“They were saying, ‘well we can provide you with a hat or something.’ With a hat or something? I was totally shocked. What do you mean, a hat or something? Just let me wear my hijab. So, and then they said, ‘Well these are your options. Either you work in the back or go home,’” Boudlal said.
Disneyland denies discrimination. Spokeswoman Suzi Brown said: “Disney has a long history of non-discrimination and we’re working with the cast member directly to try to accommodate her request.”
The row coincides with a debate raging in America over President Obama’s controversial defence of the rights of Muslims to build a mosque near Ground Zero: scene of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.