A former employee of Disney’s Storytellers Café at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, has filed a Complaint against the restaurant for religious and national origin discrimination and harassment.
In her lawsuit, Imane Boudlal, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab or veil as part of her religious beliefs, alleges that she was repeatedly subjected to ethnic and religious slurs from her co-workers, including being called a “terrorist” and a “camel,” and when she reported the harassment to the restaurant’s managers, they never took any action.
Boudlal, a former hostess claim that the Disney restaurant infringed on worker rights when it denied Boudlal’s request to permanently wear a hijab at work because it violated Disney’s “look policy.” Lawyers for the worker allege that Disney discriminated against Boudlal when they gave her an option of either being stationed in the rear of the restaurant out of customers’ sight or wear several brightly colored large hats on top of her hijab, which no other employee at the restaurant was required to or did wear. When Boudlal refused the options offered to her because she found the options to be humiliating, she was taken off the restaurant’s schedule and was fired.
The lawsuit seeks to recover back pay, damages for mental anguish, positive damages, and attorneys’ fees.