Friday, October 1, 2010

Disney Corp. works out compromise for Muslim female employees

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts made a new accommodation, based on religious grounds, for Muslim women working for the trademark company.

In accordance with an agreement worked out this week, employee Noor Abdallah, 22, will wear a blue beret atop a company-designed headscarf when she is selling tickets in a resort box office. According to Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown, the park has a long history of making accommodations based on religious requests from all faiths. In all, she said, about 200 such accommodations have been made during the past year.

However, an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations contends Ms. Abdallah is the fourth Muslim woman to challenge the park's policies this year alone.

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