A fired waitress claims it was her hair color that Hooters didn’t like and they booted her out the door when she couldn’t fix the blonde highlights in her hair due to financial difficulties. Farryn Johnson claims she was told by her supervisors at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hooters that her hair color wasn’t natural for an African American and she violated Hooter’s policy, according to The Inquisitr on Oct. 23.
Johnson said the supervisors first brought the problem to her attention in June and come August when she didn’t fix the blonde highlights, she was fired. Johnson pointed out that she works with many women who have dyed their hair.
She used an Asian American woman as an example, saying that she has dyed bright red hair, which is not a natural look. Attorney Jessica P. Weber is “acting for the complainant” who is taking Hooters to court for her lost wages after being fired. She is also looking for Hooters to change their policy.
Johnson is claiming that African American women have been told to straighten their hair when they came to work with curly hair while at the same time white waitresses are working with curly hair.
It seems odd that it took from June to August for Hooters to fire Johnson over blonde streaks in her hair, so maybe there were other things going on that contributed to Johnson’s demise at Hooters. She had been employed with the restaurant for almost a year when she was let go.
The chief of human resources officer for Hooters of America, Rebeca Sinclair, claims that Hooters does not hold waitresses of different races to different standards.