California: Hijabi, CAIR shake down amusement park over Islamic headwear

Source: Amusement park settles bias complaint over religious headwear – SFGate

Nearly four years after Noorah Abdo was denied from riding go-karts at a Livermore amusement park because she wore a hijab, the company has agreed to change their “no headwear” policy and pay $32,000 to settle a discrimination complaint.

A complaint against Palace Entertainment, an amusement park company and owner of the Boomers park in Livermore, was filed in August 2014 with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The grievance was submitted on behalf of seven Muslim girls and women, and a Sikh man after they were denied access to the go-karts because they refused to remove their religious hijab or turbans.

“It was really upsetting for these individuals when they were denied access purely because of their religious beliefs,” said Brittney Rezaei, a civil rights attorney with CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to awarding each of the plaintiffs $4,000, Palace Entertainment agreed to address safety concerns at its parks in Livermore and Irvine, and allow customers wearing securely wrapped religious head coverings to ride the go-karts.

“The law guarantees Californians of all faiths access to places of business and entertainment, and safety concerns must be founded on more than speculation or stereotype,” said Kevin Kish, director of the Fair Employment and Housing agency. “We are pleased that Palace Entertainment worked with DFEH to achieve resolution of these cases without the need for litigation.”

When Abdo and her family went to the Boomers park in August 2013, her father, Nasir Abdo, was told that his daughter, who was then 13 years old, could not ride the go-karts because her head scarf was against company policy.

“When I read the policy, I was shocked — in disbelief — about the material I was reading,” Nasir Abdo said in the complaint.

Nasir Abdo said he offered to have Noorah wear a helmet or a hoodie in lieu of her hijab, but that those suggestions were also denied.

Palace Entertainment could not be immediately reached for comment.

The policy, which was implemented in 2010, read, “If fashion, religious expression or your hair style is more important to you than safety, that’s fine. You can do what you want with your life. You just can’t do it at our park.”

Furthermore, the company policy stated in addition to hats and ear muffs, yarmulkes were also not allowed on the go-karts.

When the complaint was filed, company officials from Palace Entertainment said they were unaware of any headwear-related accidents at Boomers parks.

Parks like Disneyland and Great America don’t have the same restrictions. Palace Entertainment’s change in policy is an important step in eliminating discriminatory policies, Rezaei said.

“It means that people won’t be denied access to this attraction just because of their religious beliefs. They will be able to participate like every other member of their family or their friends,” Rezaei said.

The Livermore park is under new ownership and allows go-kart riders who wear hijab and the Sikh turban, Rezaei added.


 It’s not as if the hijab isn’t a potential death trap:

CAIR is a notorious Hamas-front group that terrorizes American citizens, companies and organizations through intimidation and litigation jihad. SF Gate knowingly did not share that information with readers.

16 thoughts on “California: Hijabi, CAIR shake down amusement park over Islamic headwear

  1. I WAS ALWAYS TAUGHT THAT ONE OF THE CONSIDERATIONS OF BEING IN OUR NATION WAS AGREEMENT TO ASSIMILATE INTO THE AMERICAN CULTURE NOT CAST DOWN EVERYTHING OUR FOREFATHERS BUILT… SHARIA LAW IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION…!!! AND IF YOU ARE AMERICAN YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT SHARIA LAW HAS DONE TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND NOW TO EUROPE THANKS TO GEORGE SOROS AND HIS EUROPEAN UNION… I LIKE MY AMERICA OLD SCHOOL NOT TERROR FILLED WITH LAWLESS SCOUNDRELS …

  2. So who pays for the wrongful death lawsuit when one of these rag head’s rags gets caught in the machinery and strangles or decapitates them? There are reasons for safety rules.

    • Good question, since the courts have set it up that Muslim head gear is now acceptable and cannot be denied one can assume that if an accident takes place because of said head gear was not applied properly by the wearer therefore a lawsuit is out of the question due to the company having to change the rules to suit Muslim women and men. I would boycott the businesses that adhere to anything Islamic as it goes against all that is American, money talks people and no money means parks will close and perhaps think twice to bowing to Islam.

  3. Islam and Sharia do not belong in ANY non-Muslim culture.

    How many times do they have to prove it?

    BTW: What are you doing to fight the spread of this cancer?

  4. Muslim Faith does not believe in women participating in these activities. So therefore, they wer violating their beliefs.

    • Yup, the banned Valentine’s Day, and condemned snowmen as anti-islamic, even issued a “fatwa” on snowmen! So, no u dirty muslims! No fun and games!

  5. The irony here is the Park is concerned about SAFETY of a Muslim; whereas, the Muslims in the case are less concerned about the safety of their own and more concerned about principle. Reminds me of the famous 1927 death of dancer Isadora Duncan who wore a LONG SCARF while driving a sports car; a gust of wind entangled the scarf in one of the wheels and dragged the dancer out of the car into the roadway. Her neck was broken. It’s recounted in a film about her.

    • Had to look it up Robert. I found it, it’s called “The Scarf”, and it’s from 1951, and it’s on youtube. 2 hr movie, wow! I plan on watching it…

  6. Lawsuits need to be filed against CAIR for pushing Sharia which violates peoples rights under The Constitution. If they want to live under Sharia Law then go to a 3rd world country that follows Sharia Law. I’ve been to 36 Countries and had to follow their laws in every one of them. If you come to The United States, follow The Constitution or don’t come.

  7. Last time I checked, muzzscumz are NOT under ANY religious mandate WHATSOEVER to wear the hijab OR ANY OTHER KIND OF A “bob” or “shishkabob”!! Hey, I think I’ll start my own religion called “Whodunit” then I’ll strap a big bag of steaming cow shiit to my back and demand to ride the Cyclone Coaster–you know, that one that twists and turns you all around and around and all upside down!!! When they refuse me, I’ll sue ’em for a million bucks! Hey, remember it’s my “religion”!! How DARE they refuse me????? Hey ya never know, maybe this MUZZTURD will get in line right behind me–yeah, there ya go!!!!!

  8. What happens if the Hajabi got caught in the rotating parts of the go cart engine. Then I guess they would sue the owner for injuries and damages. It’s isn’t discrimination…….it’s for you own SAFETY!!! DUH!

  9. Well,.. \
    All I can say is, that if every some Muzlim ever gets her head ripped of, from wearing a hijab, where a hijab should not be worn, then, I won’t shed a lot of tears over the matter.

  10. Let these Muslims wear their head gear and when it gets caught up in the gears and choakes them one less Muslim! Get the point? Does the world good. My their own doing!

  11. Well, for starters the Lawyer was a punk.

    That is moving parts of a machine with spindles moving very fast. Any O.S.H.A. trained or common sense physics can see that low level go carts can grab loose fabric and instead of taking a hand or finger it wraps around the neck and pop’s off the head. This park clearly needs to collect what ever legal fees from CAIR after strapping one of them in a go cart with a soon to be floppy hijab fluttering in the wind like a swallow’s flight;. NO CAPES. The Lawyer had to be Paid off and or threatened with his life / family / etc. Peace

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