A former Disney employee is suing Disney for the right to wear her hijab at work while waiting on customers.
She decided to sue right after becoming a US citizen.
A Muslim woman who worked as a hostess at a Disneyland restaurant is suing Disney, claiming the company wouldn’t let her appear in front of guests while wearing her headscarf.
It’s a dispute that’s been going on for about two years, but now the American Civil Liberties Union is getting involved.
It all started in August 2010 when Imane Boudlal, a Morocco-born U.S. citizen, worked at the Storyteller Cafe in Disney’s Grand California Hotel.
Boudlal wears a headscarf, or hijab, but Disney said the garment didn’t comply with its strict dress code.
Disney offered up a compromise hat for her to wear, but Boudlal said it made her look like a joke.
“The hat makes a joke of my religion and draws even more attention to me,” Boudlal told KTLA at the time.
“It’s unacceptable. They don’t want me to look Muslim. They just don’t want the head covering to look like a hijab.”
Boudlal had worked at the resort for two and a half years, but only realized she could wear her hijab to work after studying for her U.S. citizenship exam.
She became a citizen in June 2010, and decided to challenge the Disney dress code a couple months later, on August 15.