Sorry sister- you have no case as far as I am concerned. I am not a huge fan of Disneyland or Disneyworld- but I do know that they have extremely strict appearance standards. It just so happens that we covered their appearance standards in a “Hospitality Law” class away back when I was in college.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a Disneyland restaurant alleged Wednesday the theme park would not allow her to appear in front of customers while wearing her head scarf.
That is undoubtedly true- and they won’t allow you to do lots of other things either- like have visible tattoos. It’s in the handbook! Google “Disney Appearance Standards.”
Let’s dig a little deeper in the story shall we?
Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said Disney has a policy not to discriminate. The resort offered Boudlal a chance to work with the head covering away from customers while Disneyland tries to find a compromise that would allow Boudlal to cover her head in a way that fits with her hostess uniform, Brown said.
“Typically, somebody in an on-stage position like hers wouldn’t wear something like that, that’s not part of the costume,” Brown said. “We were trying to accommodate her with a backstage position that would allow her to work. We gave her a couple of different options and she chose not to take those and to go home.”
Ah- I see- Disney- being the huge giant megacorporation it is- is fully aware of the laws and offered this woman some options- which she refused. Disney is within its rights to control the appearance of its employees. Most hospitality companies spell out what is and is not acceptable appearance. Disney is very very specific- and there is a section on their appearance standards page regarding head coverings. My guess is that she had to sign a form when hired stating that she had received the handbook or standards and understood and agreed to abide by them. So- when offered some options- why would she refuse I wonder?
Is this perhaps part of the answer?
Boudlal has the support of her union, which has been in a bitter fight for months with Disneyland over an expired contract for hotel workers….
What union? Unite Here Local 11. Why am I not surprised at THIS?
2008 UNITE HERE first Union to endorse Barack Obama.
Trying for some redistribution of wealth is she? And studying for her citizenship exam too! Wow- she is assimilating well- jumping right in to unions and lawsuits!
Good thing she isn’t trying this in France eh?