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. Mary

    I am a DVC member. I like Disney. If I go to Epcot and travel to Morocco in World Showcase I would be delighted to see proper representations of peoples wearing the Hijab. (by the way..the Baclava in Morocco is fantastic!) If I go to Canada I would expect proper presentation there also...not a Hijab. Argue NOT please that there are Muslims in every country. So what? Disney casts it's members....and in going to Disney I and family attend a dramatic production. If you don't like your role then decline your role. It's that simple. Your efforts to sue Disney will fail...and reveal a sanctuary from litgious Muslim madness that will only help Disney!

    August 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  2. Serigne

    AMEN. I almost didn't post all wneeked because I was afraid that people would think I was pro-child abuse becasue I'm anti-changing my profile pic. Last year, I actually lost a friendship that started with a disagreement about cause-related marketing, and how a chain bookstore's holiday campaign did more to improve the bottom line of the chain bookstore than to actually help anyone in the community.PS Although it's too bad about the friendship, I'm still right about that.

    July 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  3. MaryWhite

    I do understand that her religious beliefs should not be segregated and that if a part of her beliefs require her to wear whatever then she should be allowed to wear it...if the job allows. But she's not working at a zoo or any other theme park location. She's working at Disneyland where a big part of the magic comes from the employees. That's why they are called "cast members." They are apart of a cast/production being put on for the visitors of the theme park. Therefore, she is required to play the role she is given, costume and all. That's why I feel as though religion isn't what the issue is. It's appearance. I mean you wouldn't hire someone with an emo look to work as a representative at a multi-million dollar company. Appearance is apart of any job and had she brought up her desired dress attire during her interview and was told she could wear it but later Disney changed their minds then I could see her law suite being legit. Since that is not the case, she doesn't stand a chance with winning....This is my opinion however.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  4. MaryWhite

    Disneyland is a place where dreams come alive, where the employees are not employees but characters and a child's imagination can soar. The Disney employees are not simply employees. Their uniforms are not even called uniforms. They are called costumes. When you work for Disney you are playing a part in a production. You wouldn't wear a jilabab when playing a a role for a movie unless your character requires it. The same is for working for Disney. I worked for the Disney Store and Disney has a very strict costume requirements. She knew the uniform policy before working for Disneyland and she should have brought up her religious requirements before accepting the clothing policy. To me, this is not a religious issue. Disneyland is not saying she cannot pray. They are simply asking her to abide by the same dress code rules all the other cast members have to abide by. If she cannot meet those requirements then she has the option to quit or be let go.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Carly C.

    Is it just me or does this muslim seem a little high on herself...ship her back...

    November 9, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  6. Bobbi

    This is how they did it in Europe. They are having babies like rabbits to overrun the world. I know they'll say there's the violent or jihad Muslims and there's the peaceful Muslims, [but] to me it doesn't make a difference because their goal is to wipe out Christianity around the world. I do not want to see muslims dressed in their nasty clothes and head gear working at Disney. I go to take my children to see our American culture. Please do not pay this thing one dime of our money. America has to wake up soon. NOW>

    September 14, 2010 at 11:17 am |
    • eva

      if you guys in your so called america can sue over everything, then so can we ha ha ha

      February 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  7. Smurf

    Its all about money...........................If you can abide by the dress code of the Company..............find another job .

    September 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  8. RajMK

    What if some religion does not allow any clothes... so is she proposing that people can go naked?

    September 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  9. Bob Loblaw

    She took your juuuuuuurb!

    You don't like America? You can just geeeeet out!

    September 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  10. Billy Bathgate

    Can you image her working at a construction site and complaining she has to wear a hardhat over her Hijab. Part of the job requirement lady, nothing to do with your religion.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Sean

    Please mail this muslim girl back to ilslamiland!LMAO.......... Muslim culture is not welcome to demoralize our theme parks nor our country!!!! She just lost what could of been the best career of her future but instead acted foolishly and brought religion into a place that instills happy times and family unity!!!! My message to all who work there remember you are there to entertainment and support the company's ideals and not your own!!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  12. Luis

    @ Shocked!...By the way..."America" is capitalized.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:54 am |
  13. Luis

    @Shocked!...Of course she is entitled to the freedom to practice the religion of her choice. She is not however entitled to renege on the terms of an employment contract that she signed voluntarily. If she chooses to do so, she is of course free to find employment elsewhere. As a company, Disney also has rights, and enforcing a workplace dress code is among them. A Christian can wear a crucifix lapel pin, or a Wiccan can wear a pentagram if they choose, they simply can't do it as an employee in front of Disneyland guests. Duh... If you find this concept so difficult to grasp, perhaps it is you who is in need of further education....The simple fact is that some lawyer told this obnoxious woman that there could possibly be a big payday in her newly found religious zeal.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:46 am |
  14. shocked!

    haha freedom rings. If that happened then all there would be left would be disney employees to take over these roles..good luck running America like that..all the hospitals and professional positions are filled with foreigners..must be embarassing..but then again most professionals are more tolerant and would not be leaving such comments b/c they are educated..do me and everyone else a favor and get an education...then maybe you would see how hypocritical your statements are about freedom when you seem to have forgotten one of the most important freedoms in america which is freedom of religion...

    August 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  15. jeffrey Root

    I'm sorry but the dress code she is arguing against is for everyone regardless of religion, gender or race. If they singled out one religion, or race or gender then I may have a problem with it. In this case, no discrimination is being done.

    August 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
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