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August 23rd, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Muslim woman suing Disney

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: California • Culture & Science • Islam • Muslim • United States • Women

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  1. Pah-trick

    Palestinian HAMAS uses Mickey Mouse type character to indoctrinate children into hateful thinking. Copy this link into your browser :

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,270457,00.html

    August 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  2. #1

    She should try out for the new 8th Dwarf "Flip-Flop" or the 9th Dwarf "Greedy"!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  3. Nc

    I think that was Disney's mistake to hire her in first place.... Now they have to pay for it.

    August 26, 2010 at 3:00 am |
  4. Nick

    If I was Disney management I would let her do what she wants but watch her very closely. Every time she is a minute late to work, write her up. Any work related mistake she makes, write her up. It shouldn't take long before they can fire her for other work related reasons.

    August 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  5. Kathy

    This is the same thing that was done by a female at Abercrombie & Fitch last year and the lawsuit is ongoing. There may be some organization funding these women and pursuing these lawsuits to further the agenda by the Islamic fundamentalists to ultimately force Americans to be ruled by their laws and not our own. IAnd they will use our own Constitution and our own laws against us to achieve their goals.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  6. C Barrnet

    If she doesn't like the dress code,...then don't work there.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  7. Pah-trick

    This BINTs argument is rediculous, and a ploy to extract money from Disney through a settlement. What next ? Any employee could therefore challenge any employers 'dress code' as being discriminatory for any reason. Will Islamic police officers in Chicago demand to work in sandals and a galabaya/dishadash ? Could a Islamic clerk at Toys R' Us demand to work in a burka ? The head scarf of a Muslim woman is certainly an overt religious symbol, just as is a Jewish yarmulke. Disney does not want to advance the image of favoring one religious group over another, and so has the right to forbid the display of overtly religious symbols by it's employees.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  8. dah-veed

    Muslim Organizations are arrogant, self-righteous, manipulators. They use our laws against us. The hypocrisy is mind numbing. If this were Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan her employer would just beat her with a stick and fire her. In Massachusetts a woman is suing because she can;t get her license photo taken while wearing a burqa that completely covers her face!!! They call us intolerant?! Try making negative comments about Mohammed or the Quran; then you'll see intolerance if you're not killed first.

    August 25, 2010 at 1:00 am |
    • Nc

      I am Christian, and I lived in a Muslim country... We had to obey the laws and wear head scarf... Now she live in the US... and is privileged enough to be here... so she has to follow the rules... If she doesn't like she is more than welcome to leave ... and go back to the same country that has come from ..... the sooner .. the better...

      August 26, 2010 at 3:04 am |
  9. Frankie

    Aw, the nice girl just wants to work for Disney while practicing her faith! You'd have to be nuts to fall for this B.S. These Muslims that use the legal system to assert their inhuman culture onto the U.S. are nothing but spies doing Bin Laden's work. They always want to see how much they can intimidate American organizations (public or private) into accomodating them. It's time that America enacted emergency legislation that no public or private organization has any requirement what so ever to accomodate the Islamic "religion" and brutally enforce anti-spy laws against all Islamic agents, even if courts rule in their favor. Don't fall for their sob stories. Give them half a chance and they fill reduce all Muslims to 2nd class "dhimmi" status as soon as can, just like what happens if almost all Muslim nations. Can't wear your precious stinking hijab, burqa or whatever at work? Too bad, you can't wear a NAZI uniform either. It's not the job of American society to promote enemy ideologies.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  10. shocked!

    wow i am so shocked by all these hateful and ignorant comments about the hijab and islam! I am especially appalled at mother of three..reallY? I hope you are not teaching your 3 children your intolerant and ignorant ways...people like you should not have offspring..it definitely does not make the world a better place! Most of the people on here leaving these negative comments probably have nothing more than a highschool education..if even that..sad..and when you get sick..it will be that muslim doctor at the hospital trying to save your life..or muslim dentist pulling out that aching tooth..or muslim pharmacist filling that prescription at 3am..but none of u will think of that...sad..

    August 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
    • Freedom Rings

      You are free to leave this country, as are all of the doctors, lawyers, and other professionals you mentioned, if you choose not to be tolerant of our freedom to run our businesses as we see fit. Freedom works both ways, that is what the Muslim world seems to lack, the ability to respect others.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:30 am |
    • TammyB

      Most of the comments on here are NOT prejudiced or mean spirited towards the hajib or Islam, it's directed at the women who worked for two years with a contract regarding a dress code, then all of a sudden gets a wild hair (no pun intended) and decides she NEEDS to wear a piece of CULTURAL clothing, and so sues AGAINST her signed contract (which she comfortably followed for two years) for some supposed "religious" right (which she was okay with for 2 years without). It sounds suspiciously like a love for money not religion is at the heart of this suit, and nothing more. That's not being bigoted, it is an opinion based on this woman's actions.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  11. Marty in Toronto

    In Ontario Canada the law states that employers must "reasonably accommodate" employees religious beliefs. IMHO – offering her an equivalent job "behind the scenes" constitutes reasonable accommodation – besides there is NOTHING in the Koran that says anything about hijjab/niquab/burka etc. It is a cultural practice NOT a religious obligation. AFAIK – the Koran says a woman must dress modestly that's all.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  12. michaelteal

    This is not about money. This is about Muslims forcing their ways upon us. Same with the New York mosque. If she gets her way and a court says she can wear a hajib, will she next say she must be allowed to wear a burka?

    Does Disney now have to allow men to wear beards because it is required by their religion?

    Do the other cast members who work with her now get to wear large crosses, stars of David, and whatever Wiccans wear?

    It would be interesting to know if she regularly wore the hijab off the job during the period she wasn't wearing it at work.

    August 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  13. Matthew

    Disney tries very hard to "put on a show" everyday for their guests. This is what separates Disney from other entertainment companies. Disney is not saying you cannot be Muslim. They are not saying you may not wear the scarf. They are saying you may not wear the scarf while working in the view of guests. The head scarf does NOT follow Disney's dress code. Sunglasses* don't follow Disney's dress code. So what are you going to do? Sue them for discriminating people that wear sun glasses? I understand this scarf is part of her religion, but it is against the dress code.

    Dress Code: a set of RULES specifying the garb or type of clothing to be worn by a group or by people under specific circumstances

    Disney has tried to accommodate this woman by letting her keep her job. You don't have to work in the view of guests to get paid. I bet there are plenty "backstage" jobs she can fulfill. There are thousands of people out there that would love to have a job. Working for Disney is not a requirement. I would personally love to work for Disney (awesome benefits). There is nothing that says you have to work for them. If she has to wear a scarf, why doesn't she quit her job and find one that will let her wear it.

    *The Disney Looks says that sunglasses are not permitted except when the cast member is working in direct sunlight and feels they are necessary.

    August 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  14. arlig

    Isn't Disney world the ultimate NO NO for Muslims anyway? This is such a load of crap. If she get's any mone from this, I'm gonna apply for a job there too, get a bunch of face tattoos, and if they fire me, I'll sue them too!

    August 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
    • Pah-trick

      I have a DVD that shows Muslims using the Mickey Mouse character as a tool to teach hateful messages with regard to Jews and other infidels to children via a TV show.

      August 25, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  15. Reality

    I can see it now, the Disney "hijaber", Eboo Patel, Imam Rauf, Daisy Khan et al marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade clothed in bright green thawbs and heads topped with blazing green hijabs and flawed korans in their arms shouting "Death to Infidels, Christians and Jews". Let us hope this never happens but as followers of the flawed koran, they visualize it in their brainwashed minds out of necessity to fulfill their koranic dreams.

    August 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
    • Kate

      @Reality

      Oh wow! An original post! How can you continue to deny the existence of a God when you just witnessed your very own miracle?

      Just sayin'

      August 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
    • TammyB

      @Kate...re: Reality's post....LOL! I would say halelieujah, and amen, but that would be inappropriate, I fear....

      August 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  16. Otto

    I work at a company where dress is conservative. When you are hired on, they ask you point blank – "Here is your uniform – is this something you can wear?" If the answer is no, than that is not the position for you. We have several Muslim women – some are able to wear their hijab in their current positions. And there are a few who, when at work, do not wear it and as soon as their shift is over – they put them on. Shes worked at Disney for over a year and not has a problem – then she becomes a citizen and decided it IS a problem. No, if it wasn't a problem for her before – it's not a problem now. She knows what is expected of her as an employee, Disney attempted to accommodate her. It was her CHOICE to wear the hijab, it was her CHOICE to go home and not get paid. It's also her CHOICE to end her employment with Disney. End of story.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • Matthew

      @Otto

      Thank you very much!!! I agree with you 100%. The only reason she is making this a big deal is because she wants the money.

      August 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  17. Peggiesue

    yeh, which law? again, the Hijab is NOT RELIGIOUS garb. it is a cultural piece of clothing.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  18. I don't get it...

    Why in the world did she go two years without the head scarf and then suddenly decide it's essential to wear it? That's not something you just decide out of the blue one day. Maybe people would be more understanding if there was a reason behind it. A tragedy or sudden crisis of faith or something. Instead, she gives an odd excuse about not reading the constitution previously or something.

    It doesn't make any sense. She had to have seen women all around wearing the head scarf. She also had to have known exactly what Disney required for the dress code. Why go four years in the country and two years in employment with Disney before deciding to wear the scarf? Why is it suddenly such a big issue that she has to go to the media and gather lawyers to sue?

    It seems to me like she wants a free ride through life, and thinks if she stirs up enough trouble under the guise of religion, Disney will pay her off to make the trouble go away. This whole thing is shady.

    Disney is offering her different positions where she can wear her head scarf. They're offering to let her keep her current position with the addition of a hat. I think they're being more than accomedating. She knew what was allowed and not allowed, and she chose to make it an issue anyway. They would be well within their rights to simply fire her and be done with it. She's clearly looking for an easy buck.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  19. Julie

    She isn't very well spoken (even considering English is her second/third/fourth language). I don't think she'll do well in court.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:02 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Julie

      With Allah/God, all things are possible. I have often found that when I argue with a believer, it is not the believer but the god Himself that I argue with.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  20. Mick

    IMO she sounded like she was lying. First she just felt strong enough. Next it was because she was a Citizen. Then it was she said it was after reading the US Constitution (I wish she would have been asked which sections). The truth seems more likely to be she wants attention and maybe some money. First from interviews and next from Disney.

    Secondly, Disney states you can not wear religious symbols. Done. There's no argument.

    No one is saying she can't, in her private life as a US Citizen, be a Scientologist or a Muslim or Atheist (like me) whatever she wishes. THAT is the freedom enshrined in US law.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:53 am |
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