[UPDATED with Park Reaction, 5 Boudlal v. Disney Surprises:] Imane Boudlal, Who Clashed with Disney over Wearing Hijab on Job, Sues

See the update at the end of this post on Disney's response and five surprising allegations from Boudlal v. Disney.

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ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 9:17 A.M.: At 10:30 this morning, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the law offices of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick are scheduled to announce "a lawsuit against a major media and entertainment company on behalf of a Muslim former employee, fired for wearing the hijab headscarf at work." But the identity of the players has already been leaked: the Walt Disney Co. and Imane Boudlal, a former Grand Californian hotel restaurant hostess who was first told to remove her hijab and, when she refused, to wear a hat over it.

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:

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Courtesy of UNITE HERE Local 11
Here is some of our previous coverage of the case:

Disneyland Prohibits Muslim Worker from Wearing Hijab on the Job, Suit Claims

Muslim Woman and Her Support Team Allege Disneycrimination in Hijab Flap, Suggest Top Brass Ride "It's a Small World"

Imane Boudlal, Muslim Fighting Disney for Right to Wear Hijab: "We Should Just Accept Each Other and Respect Each Other"

Imane Boudlal, Disney Worker Who Sparked Hijab Flap, Rejects New Company Compromise

Imane Boudlal, Battling Disney Over Head Scarf, Suspended Without Pay?

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 . . .


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