AirTalk for August 19, 2010

Disney bans employee headscarf

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Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World 25 January 2007 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Each night a ramdomly selected guest will be picked to stay in the Royal Suite inside the castle during Disney's Year of a Million Dreams. AFP PHOTO/Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian hotel has accused the park of discrimination for refusing to let her wear a religious headscarf at work. Disneyland Resort says no discrimination took place and that the employee was offered a behind-the-scenes role until the matter could be resolved. Does it make a difference if Imane Boudlal’s was hired as a cast member, like most Disneyland employees, subject to “costume” restrictions? Should we be free to wear religious garb at work?

Guest:

Steve Kaplan, labor employment lawyer, former chair of LA County Bar’s labor and employment section


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