Fired waitress hair: A former Hooters waitress who was allegedly fired over her blonde highlights is filing a discrimination suit. The recently fired waitress says that shortly after putting blond highlights in her hair, she was terminated from the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hooters' restaurant for what they called an "unnatural" hair color. According to an Oct. 23 Baltimore Sun report, 25-year-old Farryn Johnson, who is black, filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights against her ex-employer, Hooters.
Johnson stated that her supervisors did inform her that her blond highlights violated the appearance policy for "Hooters Girls."
Rebecca Sinclair, chief human resources officer for Hooters of America, denied that the chain has different standards for waitresses of different races.
“When you’re representing an iconic brand there are standards to follow. 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. As a global brand, Hooters embraces our culturally diverse employee base and our standards are applied impartially," Sinclair said in a statement.
Johnson said that Hooters management told her to change her hair, however, she says she was unable to do so due to a tight budget. Supervisors later fired the waitress for a so-called "improper image."
The fired waitress said, "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's attorney Jessica Weber gave the following statement regarding the fired waitress hair situation:
"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.”...Continue Reading
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