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Muslim Employee Sues Disney

Updated on August 14, 2012
A hijab
A hijab

Some co-workers called her a terrorist, a camel, and someone who makes bombs in a mosque, while working at Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel. While she was born in Morocco and is a Muslim, she is a 24 yr.old U.S. citizen. She began working in 2008 and endured the remarks of a few and finally complained to her manager that did nothing. Then, she started wearing the traditional hijab head scarf. This was not until 2010. She contacted Disney's HR for an exemption based on religious belief. However, Disney indicated that the hijab does not fit their image. To accommodate, Disney, then created a hijab for her and told her to get corporate approval for wearing it. But, with Ramadan nearing, Boudlal, decided to wear her own hijab and when she did, she was told to remove it, cover it up while in public or work in a position NOT in public view. She refused. She was fired. She now has a lawsuit with the EEOC for infringement of her religious beliefs.

Does Disney have the right to fire her because she did not comply with company policy AFTER the company gave her three options to accommodate her hijab? It seems so. After all, a company's image is important and if her religious beliefs were so important, wearing the hijab in a job away from public view should be fine as long as pay and hours are unchanged. Mixing religious beliefs and customs and political correctness has mostly stayed separated in America, not so in Muslim countries. Had Disney not offered several options, even created a special hijab for her to wear, then, I would say her lawsuit has merit. The opposite is true. She chose her religion over work. And, why did she not wear the hijab in 2008 when she first hired? What, she suddenly became a devout Muslim or radicalized to challenge American law? The latter is probably true. And, if the Court rules in her favor, what happen to the rights of the employer to present an image they want? Yet, oddly, even in Morocco, the headscarf is not encouraged by governmental institutions, and generally frowned upon by urban middle and higher classes but it is not forbidden by law!

Seems like many of our freedoms are becoming diluted. One person's rights or freedom impinges on another person's. Freedom gets murkier and murkier.

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    • Diane Dillon profile image

      Diane Dillon 

      6 years ago from Quatsino BC

      where are you geographically. do you know any interantionall lawyers . or how i cna reach erin brocakvich the us embassy has been monitoring my case . i am an american that was victim/wintess of crims on foriegn soil. ddenlighten@hotmail.com

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      I tend to agree 100%

    • Diane Dillon profile image

      Diane Dillon 

      6 years ago from Quatsino BC

      HER ATTORNEY IS GLAD TO TAKED THE CASE AND THE MOENY AS THAT WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. SOMEWHAT OS A SHELL GAME. I CAN TRULY SYMPATHIZE WITH REAL ISSUES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HARMED OR VICITMIZED IN SOME WAY BUT IN THIS CASE THAT JUST IS NOT TRUE. SHE SEEMS TO BE AN OPORTUNIST AND HER LAWYER WILL BE THE SAME

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, sorry to hear. There are bad people in all religions. A few bad apples ruin it. But i tend to agree, she had options-refused them, got fired. I am sure her attorney is happy to take the case, though.

    • Diane Dillon profile image

      Diane Dillon 

      6 years ago from Quatsino BC

      I FEEL SHE IS ABUSING THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND HER RIGHTS AS A MUSLIM. SHE WAS GIVEN OPTIONS DISNEY IS NOT A CHURCH IT IS BUSINESS AND IF YOU WANT TO WORK FOR SOMEONE YOU FOLLOW THIER RULES OR DONT TAKE THE JOB.

      I WORKED FOR 2 MUSLIM MEN WHO WERE VIOENT AND ABUSED ME AND OWE ME 50 THOUSAND. THEY DDI NOT PAY ME FOR WORK I DID. I WORKED 62 HOURS A WEEK NIGHTS. THEY SIGNED MY NAME TO A COTRACT. THERE IS A HUMAN TRAFFICKING FILE ON THEM , TAX EVASION ETC THIER COMPANY COMMITTED 10 COUNTS UNDER THE CRIMINAL CODE. WHAT DOES SHE HAVE TO SAY TO THAT. I AM NOW PERMANENTLY DISABLED DUE TO ALL THIS AND IN DEBT. IS THERE A LAWYER WHO WILL TAKE THIS ON CONTINGENCY ddenlighten@hotmail.com

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