A fired waitress claims her hair color led to a Hooters restaurant terminating her employment. The fired waitress reportedly had blonde highlights in her hair and said that's the reason she no longer has a job. According to a report from late Wednesday (Oct. 23), Farryn Johnson alleges that her supervisors said her highlights violated the appearance policy that all "Hooters Girls" must adhere to.
The claim doesn't end there, though, as there appear to be some racial overtones in the reasoning behind Johnson losing her job. She alleges that she pointed out "an Asian-American woman had bright red hair and a white woman had black hair with platinum highlights" but her supervisors told her that hers was "not natural" because she was African-American.
This has led to a lawsuit against Hooters by the former employee and she isn't just asking for lost wages. Johnson also wants to see a policy change at the restaurants, because she feels that she and other African-American employees are being treated unfairly.
A statement has already been released by Hooters in response to the fired waitress claims that her hair color was the reason she was dismissed. In it they state, "Hooters Girls are required to be camera-ready at all times to promote the glamorous, wholesome look for which Hooters is known. Hooters adamantly denies that it has different policies and standards for hair based on race." It doesn't exactly address the issue at hand, but it seems to suggest the company is denying the claims.
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