Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to discriminate against employees on the basis of their national origin, race, gender, disability and religion.
A Disney-owned restaurant is now under fire from media as one of its employees has filed a discrimination complaint for not allowing her to wear her headscarf at work.
A hijab or the head covering is traditionally worn by Muslim women and is often required to be worn in public.
However, Imane Boudlal, who’s working as a Hostess at the Storyteller’s Café was allegedly sent home without pay when she refused to remove it. According to the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, she would have to remove it because it is departure from their costume policy.
Disney officials further claimed that Boudll was never denied the opportunity to work either and even tried to accommodate her refusal to take off her head scarf by offering her to work in a backstage role as a room service cashier.
However, Boudlal refused and said she doesn’t want to work in the back. Disney has claimed that it is working hard to accommodate her request.
As America is a melting pot of cultures, beliefs, and religions, laws have been enacted to protect and respect the diversity of employees. Religious discrimination is illegal and employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an applicant or employee, unless such would result to undue hardship upon the employer.