Former Employee Files Discrimination Lawsuit against Disney

A former Walt Disney Company employee has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the corporation with assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union. Imane Boudlal began working at the Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in 2008, at which time her attorney, Anne Richardson, claims she was subject to ethnic insults because of her Islamic religion.

Boudlal was eventually terminated in 2010 after she refused to wear a hat on top of her hijab, a religious garment worn on the head. Boudlal offered to wear one that matched the colors on her uniform, but that was not good enough for her supervisors.

“I am bringing a lawsuit today against the Walt Disney Company because I was discriminated against due to my origin, my religion and my race,” said Boudlal. Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown claimed the company attempted to accommodate Boudlal’s religious views.

“[Boudlal was given] multiple options to accommodate her religious beliefs, as well as offered several roles that would have allowed her to wear her own hijab,” Brown claimed. “Unfortunately, she rejected all of our efforts and has since refused to come to work.”

If Disney’s “compromise” here was still in violation of the Civil Right Act, it could be facing a large judgment here. Please visit our website for more information if you have been subject to discrimination, and call our office at (310) 273-3180.

Kelsuk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles discrimination attorneys.