According to the Associated Press, Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the head covering accommodates both Imane Boudlal’s beliefs and Disney costuming guidelines. “Typically, somebody in an on-stage position like hers wouldn’t wear something like that, that’s not part of the costume,” Brown told the AP. “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.”
Boudlal says Disney’s suggested hat-and-bonnet is embarrassing and makes a joke of her religion. She has gone home without pay seven times rather than remove her hijab or accept jobs away from customers, according to the news report.Boudlal works as a hostess at the Storytellers Café at Disneyland Resort’s Grand Californian hotel. She filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging she wasn’t allowed to wear her hijab, a headscarf some Muslim women wear as a sign of modesty, in front of customers.