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This undated handout drawing provided by Disney shows a specially designed headscarf that the company is allowing a Muslim employee to wear at its Southern California park after initially objecting to her religious head covering. The park worked with 22-year-old Noor Abdallah to design a covering to match her costume and meet her religious needs, a Disneyland spokeswoman said. She's been wearing a blue scarf topped with a beret since early this month.
But she never imagined the headscarf she wears as tradition for Muslim women would become an obstacle to her employment.
"It broke my heart a little," Abdallah said to the Chicago Tribune.
When she went to orientation last month, managers were hesitant with her jihab and assigned her to a more secluded stockroom while costume designers came up with a more suitable headscarf, she said.
But this week, Suzi Brown, a Disneyland spokesperson said the park worked with Abdallah to design a covering to match her costume. Since then, she has been wearing a blue scarf topped with a beret when selling tickets in a resort box office. "I'd really hate to see another person lose the magic behind the Disney characters," she 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,'' Brown said in a statement.
The council on American-Islamic Relations says this is the fourth Muslim woman to challenge the theme park's policies this year.