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Topic: Latest: OCReg: Muslim employee accuses Disney of discrimination

Wed 8/18/2010 2:08p
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: OCReg: Muslim employee accuses Disney of discrimination

The Orange County Register reports a hostess at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel restaurant Storyteller's Cafe has not been unable to work in that role while wearing a Muslim head scarf. Disney says they have offered a behind-the-scenes assignment at the restaurant until her employer could figure out a solution.

Dr Hans Reinhardt
Wed 8/18/2010 2:21p
Hmmmm... something about this story seems fishy to me. She's been working for Disney for two years and suddenly has decided to start wearing a habib to work? Not saying that Disney isn't capable of being discriminatory, but I wonder, under the circumstances and workplace dress codes, what legal obligation does Disney have to allow her to wear her head wrap.
Wed 8/18/2010 2:22p
wow...this is rediculous...
Wed 8/18/2010 3:54p
This sort of thing just makes me so.... ANGRY, regardless of which company the Muslim is trying to bully.

I really hope Disneyland stands their ground on this and doesn't bend to Political Correctness. For decades Jews weren't allowed to wear Yarmulkes, Catholics weren't allowed to wear Rosaries, Lance Armstrong fans weren't allowed to wear Livestrong bracelets, etc., etc.

This union is making fools of themselves, but we'll have to see how Disney responds to this one. I have no doubt that TDA has called in the corporate lawyers from Burbank on this one and they are circling the wagons right now. I will look forward to the eventual outcome on this one.
Wed 8/18/2010 4:14p
^^ Amen! ^^
Wed 8/18/2010 4:26p
Since alternative work and pay were offered, I don't think the employee has much of a case. So this person is not being prohibited from making a living.

>>May an employee wear religious garb or symbols to work?

Employers must attempt to accommodate employees who, for religious reasons, must maintain a particular physical appearance or manner of dress in keeping with the tenets of their religion. Again, accommodation is required only if it can be made without undue hardship to the employer. When it comes to religious apparel, typically only safety concerns constitute undue hardship. <<


Disney has altered "The Disney Look" over the years however, especially in the last 10 years. It's a difficult, complex matter, that's for sure.
Wed 8/18/2010 4:26p
Oh brother.
Wed 8/18/2010 5:00p
Just saw this on the news. What a waste of everyone's time.
Wed 8/18/2010 5:02p
The Council on American-Islamic Relations was there this afternoon at a big demonstration they held in the hotel, and out on the sidewalk.

This CAIR group is "representing her" and is paying her lawyer fees. And the Hotel Union is going along for the ride and adding "Si Se Puede!" chants to the whole thing on the front lawn of the Grand Californian.

It's sickening. What is sad is that this poor girl is being used as a pawn. Not that she is blameless, but this is beyond just her wearing her scarve at the restaurant now.
Wed 8/18/2010 6:39p
So she wanted to wear it... and they told her she could, but in certain areas, and instead she just decided not to go to work...


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