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?


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

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