Patt Morrison for August 14, 2012

Those aren’t mouse ears: Disney sued by hijab-wearing former employee

Disneyland Muslim Worker

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Imane Boudlal speaks during a news conference at the ACLU with her lawyer Mark Rosenbaum, chief counsel ACLU in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Boudlal, a former Disneyland employee who says she was forbidden to wear a Muslim head scarf at work plans to sue the Walt Disney Co., for discrimination.

A 24-year-old Muslim woman says she unfairly lost her job at a Disneyland cafe because she refused to remove her hijab. With the help of the ACLU, Imane Boudlal is suing Disney for discrimination.

Disney says it offered Boudlal — a naturalized U.S. citizen — other roles where wearing her hijab would not have violated Disney’s employee appearance policies. ACLU attorney Mark Rosenbaum says “if you’re a Muslim, Disneyland is not the happiest place on Earth.”

WEIGH IN:

How much should a company dictate what its employees wear? Is Islam a less-protected religion than other faiths in certain corporate environments?

Guests:

Lawrence Rosenthal, professor of law, Chapman School of Law

Richard Foglesong, professor of political science at Rollins College, and author of “Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando”

Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU Attorney


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