A fired waitress was fired over her hair and now she's suing. Farryn Johnson, 25, an African American woman who was a Hooters waitress in Baltimore, Maryland, says she was fired from her job because of the blond highlights in her black hair, according a UPI report on Wednesday. She has filed a complaint charging discrimination for her employer’s actions.
The restaurant claims the unnatural hair color violates its appearance policy for the “Hooters girls.”
Johnson’s concern is that she was reprimanded in June of this year and fired in August for her hair when the same restaurant has a white woman with black hair and platinum highlights, as well as an Asian-American woman with bright red hair – both of whom were not met with criticism from the employer.
Johnson filed her complaint to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and reported that other African American waitresses were told they had to change their hair as well. According to Johnson, white girls with curly hair were allowed to work, but black women with curly hair were told they had to straighten their curls.
Rebecca Sinclair, the chief human resources officer of Hooters of America denied that Hooters has any policies whatsoever that are discriminatory.
While Johnson is trying to get compensation of her lost wages in the past couple of months, Jessica Weber – her attorney – says that Johnson’s primary goal is to get Hooters to change their discriminatory policy.