Category: Religion in the Workplace

Disneyland OKs headscarf for Muslim employee

A Muslim woman who said Disneyland wouldn’t let her wear a religious headscarf on her job as a vacation planner or ticket seller – the second such complaint in recent weeks – has reached an agreement with the Southern California theme park and is now wearing a Disney-provided blue scarf and beret-style hat to work.

The park worked with Abdallah to design a covering to match her costume and meet her religious needs, Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said. She’s been wearing a blue scarf topped with a beret since early this month.

“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.

However, the woman in question is not Imane Boudlal, the hostess at Storyteller’s Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, who was part of a media dust-up last month after she refused management’s offer to either remove her hijab or take a job working out of public view.

Workplace chaplain programs

Workplace chaplain programs are not new, but demand has risen for such services, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

God, it seems, may have one-upped the traditional workplace employee assistance program, a benefit which helps workers identify and resolve personal issues and concerns that could affect their performance.

“I think the reality is we like relationships, that’s the nature of human beings,” said Shane Satterfield, an ordained minister and Georgia division director of Texas-based Marketplace Chaplains USA. “If I can see you face-to-face, I know you’re real. I know I can trust you.”

“There’s no pressure,” to participate, said the Rev. Dale Taylor, a Church of the Nazarene minister, who works with Putnam helping TriMont staffers. They’re not there to proselytize or pass judgment. The service is available to church-goers and non-churchgoers alike.

The service is free to workers, although companies pay a fee, per employee. Marketplace, which was founded in 1984, provides chaplain services to corporate clients in 46 states and several foreign nations.

The Balancing Of Church and Cubicle

Is it O.K. to put up religious symbols or sayings in your office or cubicle? If your employer tells you it’s not acceptable to express your faith at work — whether in how you decorate your office, how you dress or what you say to others — is this religious discrimination?

You sometimes want to discuss things related to your faith, like religious teachings or an interesting sermon you’ve heard. Is that appropriate at work? Eilene Zimmerman answers these and other questions in The Balancing Of Church and Cubicle