As we reported earlier, a Muslim woman who works as a hostess in the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort was not allowed to come to work today because she was wearing her hijab, a traditional Islamic headscarf.
This was the fourth time that the woman, 26-year-old Anaheim resident Imane Boudlal, attempted to work in the headscarf. Each time, she's been told to remove the scarf or leave.
This time, however, she showed up with some back up.
Boudlal was accompanied by representatives of Unite Here Local 11, a union representing hotel workers
involved in a contract dispute with Disney, and the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the rights group whose state office
is in Anaheim.
She and her support team insisted that Disney did not allow her to work because of discriminatory policies against Muslims.
However, theme park officials insisted in a press release that Disney offered Boudlal “reasonable accommodations” on her request to wear the headscarf.
Boudlal said when she went to work wearing the hijab, her manager told her early that day she could wear the headscarf, but she was later escorted from the hotel by security.