Hooters Fires Waitress Over Hair Highlights, Faces Racial Discrimination Suit
Since when at a Hooters restaurants does anything have to be natural?
A former Hooters waitress, African-American Farryn Johnson, 25, was fired because she had blonde highlights in her hair, and she’s now filing a discrimination suit.
Rebecca Sinclair, chief human resources officer for Hooters of America, denied that the chain has different standards for 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.
Her boss told her that she needed to change her hair color back, but she told them she could not do so because she did not have the money to do it.
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.
Look like Hooters is going to have a hairy problem on their hands. (And the most corny joke award goes to…).