A former waitress at a Maryland Hooters location has filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. The complaint against the restaurant, with locations in Wisconsin and around the country, claims that the waitress was terminated because she dyed her hair while white waitresses are permitted to color their hair without consequence.
The complaint alleged that while Hooters claimed that the highlights were in violation of employee image standards, other waitresses were allowed to dye their hair in colors that were much different than their natural hair color. The waitress did not comply with the order from her manager to change her hair color and received another warning. She was then allegedly told that she could not return to work until she complied. Hooters has responded that they do not have different standards for waitresses of different races. Its chief human resources officer stated that their waitresses are all required to have the "glamorous" and "wholesome" look that Hooters is known for.
An attorney with experience in employment law may be able to help employees who feel that they have been discriminated against because of their race or ethnicity. The attorney may be able to obtain compensation for their damages through a settlement with the employer or through litigation.
Source: International Business Times, "Fired Waitress Hair: Black Ex-Hooters Employee Farryn Johnson Files Discrimination Suit, Claims Baltimore Hooters Canned Her Because Of Blonde Highlights", Howard Koplowitz, October 24, 2013