It took a complaint to the EEOC, but Disneyland will allow a Muslim woman employed as an intern there to wear an Islamic head scarf, known as a hijab.
Disney worked with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to come up with a clothing option that met the woman’s religious requirements and still satisfied the Walt Disney Company’s uniform guidelines.
The EEOC is now urging Disney to adopt a corporatewide policy that upholds an employee’s legally protected right to wear religious attire.
The woman was hired as a vacation planner following a phone interview with Disney’s College Program. But, when she arrived in California for her training and orientation, Disney reps reportedly asked her why she had not told them she wore a hijab. It then offered her an internship that didn’t involve guest interaction.
Shortly after the intern complained to the EEOC, the company and CAIR came up with a uniform for her and moved her into the promised vacation planner role.
Contact: CAIR’s Munira Syeda, (714) 776-1847.