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Disney designs new uniform for Muslim intern

Disneyland has designed a new uniform featuring a fitted headscarf for a Muslim intern. The new Disney-created design features a hat over a tight fitting headscarf, but is not a traditional hijab.

September 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A quick resolution has been reached with another Muslim woman at Disneyland who wanted to wear her hijab, or religious headscarf, at work.The company developed a new costume for the college intern to wear in her job as a vacation planner at the park. Her traditional hijab did not follow the company's uniform guidelines.

The new Disney-created design features a hat over a tight fitting headscarf, but is not a traditional hijab.

The intern came to California from Chicago to work as a vacation planner, thanks to Disney's College Program. But when she arrived in Anaheim, she was told she would have to work in a stockroom, with less guest interaction, until Disney could create a customized uniform for the vacation planner position.

This situation came to light Monday after the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) issued a press release on the new uniform. CAIR-LA called on Disney to implement a corporate-wide policy that reflects what it calls an employee's legally-protected right to wear religious attire.

But in a statement, Disneyland Resort said, "Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a long history of accommodating a variety of religious requests from cast members of all faiths - with more than 200 accommodations made over the last three years and this instance was no different."

The other case involving a hostess at a Disneyland hotel who wanted to wear a hijab remains unresolved.

Disney is the parent company of ABC7.


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