US theme park embroiled in head scarf row

US theme park embroiled in head scarf row

Muslim and Sikh groups upset over restrictions on go-kart rides

Muslim and Sikh groups upset over restrictions on go-kart rides

A theme park group in the US is facing claims of discrimination from Muslim and Sikh groups.

Boomers does not allow guests wearing headgar to ride on its go-karts
Boomers does not allow guests wearing headgar to ride on its go-karts

The Boomers chain, which has parks in California, Florida and New York, has received complaints from the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and United Sikhs, which claim that the company does not permit guests wearing religious headgear to rides on the go-karts.

Boomers said the ruling was put in place for safety reasons, but the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said these fears were “unfounded”.

The two groups held simultaneous news conferences in California yesterday (29 April 2014), to announce the filing of complaints against Boomers with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

“Both Muslim and Sikh park attendees have repeatedly been denied access to the rides,” the CAIR said in a statement. “The company [is] effectively banning thousands of local residents from riding the go-karts solely based on their faith.”

Boomers is a subsidiary of Palace Entertainment Holdings, which operates 40 amusement parks, water parks and entertainment centres across the US.

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