A fired waitress’s hair is at the center of this hoopla. An African American woman claims a Baltimore Hooters fired her because she had the audacity to put blonde streaks in her hair, reports the Huffington Post on Oct. 22.
Farryn Johnson told Maryland's CBS News affiliate that she was sacked from her job as a Hooters waitress because of an “improper image” problem. The 25-year-old said she refused to take out her blonde highlights, and was booted because of it.
“They specifically said, ‘Black women don't have blonde in their hair, so you need to take it out,’” Johnson said.
Let’s face it – Hooters is all amount the "scenery," and of course we're not referring to their wall decor. But how many of their patrons actually look at the face and head of their server? Nevertheless, Johnson has now filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.
“I didn't see that it would be a big issue just because there were a lot of other employees working at the restaurant of other races with color in their hair. For instance, there were Asian girls with red hair and Caucasian girls with black hair and blond streaks so I didn't think it would be an issue for the little piece of blond highlight in my hair.” Johnson said.
While the case may seem somewhat frivolous, Johnson's attorney, Jessica Weber, said that there cannot be two sets of standards in the workplace, no matter what the issue is.
“The law is clear that employers can't have two separate unequal sets of rules—one for African-Americans employees and one for everybody else, and yet that's exactly what Hooters did here in firing Miss Johnson, an African American employee solely because she's African American. They targeted her because of her hair solely because of her race,” claims Weber.