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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. AP Photo

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. AP Photo

A Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit against entertainment giant Walt Disney for forbidding her from wearing her headscarf at work, private broadcaster NTV reported on its website.  

Imane Boudlal, 28, asked her employers to allow her to wear her headscarf to work, but was reportedly denied on grounds that the headscarf was against the company’s dress code.  

Boudlal was then offered an alternate job that would not involve interaction with customers so that she could continue to wear the headscarf. The woman, however, was fired when she refused to agree to the offer.  


Boudlal was allegedly taunted at the office for her attire as well.  

Walt Disney denied the allegations, stating that the company treated every employee the same regardless of their religious beliefs.

August/15/2012

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Red Tail

8/15/2012 6:39:06 PM

After she decided to start wearing a head scarf, she got two offers. 1) Continue to work at Disney but back office and 2) wearing a fedora-style hat on top of her head scarf. She refused both. She did not wear a scarf when she got the job to start with. To me this looks like an attempt to play the islamophobia card to get money out of Disney. It certainly will not make it easier in the future for fellow Muslims to apply for jobs. But she seems most concerned with her own wallet.

mara mcglothin

8/15/2012 5:54:10 PM

xxme xxxxxxx I have no problem with people who wish to wear the headscarf whether I do or not is not the issue. I do konw there are certain professions and jobs that require you to wear pants or short sleeves or what else. Any company in a democratic country has a right to set their employee policies any way that they like. This is not religious discrimination, but the enforcement of their employee dress code. Do you not see that this woman applied for the job without her headscarf? What?

Red Tail

8/15/2012 5:33:40 PM

The staff policies at Walt Disney are known as an extreme example. When I studied as a business school it was even given as an example of standardization and regulation of how the staff is expected to behave and to look. Religious attire is just a small detail in that regulation, which also regulates tattoos, nails etc etc. I believe that it is wrong to come to such a place and first comply with the regulation, then change to head scarf and refuse to accept any of the offerred solutions.

xxmexx xxxxxx

8/15/2012 4:10:16 PM

@mara mcglothin it is simple because you probably doesn't wear headscarf

Aryeh Rapaport

8/15/2012 4:08:06 PM

Interesting to see what happens. The company should not have problems replacing her with such high unemployment. If she was in Turkey maybe it would be understandable but in US why should a company with basic dress codes make an exception for her? US is NOT Turkey, Iran, SA where there is religious compulsion. Furthermore, she refuses another job? Why would they offer her another job if she doesnt respect basic requirements? And she refuses job? Does she want a job or to make problems?

mara mcglothin

8/15/2012 3:46:15 PM

All businesses have a right to have any kind of dress code that they want. Did she want to wear the headscarf with her Cinderella outfit? Also there are many professions that the headscarf becomes dangerous. I always see women working in Turkey in the industrial areas where a headscarf can kill you by getting caught and pulling you into a machine, so it should not be allowed in these areas for safety concerns. Simple

Ryan James

8/15/2012 2:53:05 PM

Join the Turkish army

Red Tail

8/15/2012 2:48:33 PM

After she decided to start wearing a head scarf, she got two offers. 1) Continue to work at Disney but back office and 2) wearing a fedora-style hat on top of her head scarf. She refused both. She did not wear a scarf when she got the job to start with. To me this looks like an attempt to play the islamophobia card to get money out of Disney. It certainly will not make it easier in the future for fellow Muslims to apply for jobs. But she seems most concerned with her own wallet.

Tayyar Abi

8/15/2012 2:40:25 PM

Disney is well known for strict dress codes for employees. If she doesn't like their dress code, let her go work somewhere else. If my religion requires me to go around with a filthy shirt or my fly open, should Disney be required to hire me? NO.
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