Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the ACLU of Southern California, filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company on behalf of a Muslim woman who was the target of anti-Arab harassment and failure to accommodate her religious belief. Imane Boudlal, a 28 year old woman of Moroccan descent, was called a "terrorist," "camel," and "Kunta Kinte" by co-workers and supervisors after they learned she was a Muslim. Disney failed to take any action, even after being told of the harassment. Later, Ms. Boudlal asked her managers if she could wear the hijab to work. She worked as a hostess at a hotel restaurant where her only "uniform" was a vest and khaki pants. She was told that she would either have to work in another location, outside the sight of guests, or wear a hat that looked like a derby over a scarf. When she asked to wear a simple scarf that matched her uniform, she was refused. "This is modern day Jim Crow," said Anne Richardson, one of her attorneys. "Muslim employees who want to express their religion by wearing a headscarf are asked to hide it, or work out of sight." https://www.aclusocal.org/muslim-former-employee-sues-disney/
Within the workplace, supervisors and managers are in a position of power. This position comes with a certain level of responsibility and a code of proper conduct. In every state across the nation, it is illegal to abuse this power by harassing employees. Unfortunately, some managers ignore these laws and regulations, which can result in a civil lawsuit filed by one or more employees. This is what happened recently when a California state park supervisor was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit.