[UPDATED with Park Reaction, 5 Boudlal v. Disney Surprises:] Imane Boudlal, Who Clashed with Disney over Wearing Hijab on Job, Sues
Boudlal, who is not identified in an announcement embargoed until the press conference begins in downtown Los Angeles, "faced increasing levels of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim harassment" during her two years on the job, "culminating with her dismissal in 2010 when she began wearing the hijab," according to the ACLU.
The way Boudlal preferred to look on the job and an alternative proposed by Disney management was released at the time by the worker's labor union:
|Courtesy of UNITE HERE Local 11|
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UPDATE, AUG. 14, 12:27 P.M.: Disney spokeswoman Suzy Brown issued the following statement about Imane Boudlal's lawsuit accusing the company of harassment and religious discrimination because she is a North African Arab and a Muslim.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a history of accommodating religious requests from cast members of all faiths. We presented Ms. Boudlal with multiple options to accommodate her religious beliefs, as well as offered her several roles that would have allowed her to wear her own hijab.
Unfortunately, she rejected all of our efforts and has since refused to come to work.
Speaking of statements, the ACLU of Southern California released its own following Monday's press conference in Los Angeles announcing the suit. The five most surprising allegations in Boudlal v. Disney follow on the next page . . .