Hooters Waitress Sues for Discrimination


You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to work at Hooters, but you can’t work there if you’ve had brain surgery.

A Hooters waitress from Missouri has filed a lawsuit against her employer for allegedly firing her after she underwent brain surgery in 2012 that left her with a buzz cut and a noticeable scar. At least we know now that Hooters waitresses do, in fact, have brains.

Sandra Lupo, who had been working at the same Hooters since 2005, claims she was assured she would be able to keep her job postsurgery. However, when she returned she was informed that she would be required to wear a wig while at the restaurant. Although customers rarely look at Hooters waitresses’ heads, management felt she should cover up her scar and 1/4 inch haircut.

Initially 27-year-old Lupo complied but soon realized that the wig was interfering with the healing of her scar and refused to continue wearing it. Soon after, her hours were reduced to the point that she had no other option than to resign. I wonder if management would feel the same way about a boob job scar?

Lupo’s lawsuit alleges that the wound from her surgery constituted a disability and the Missouri Human Rights Act prevents workplace discrimination based on a disability. She is seeking $25,000 for mental and emotional distress, plus punitive damages, attorney fees and other relief.

I’m not sure what’s worse: having to have brain surgery at age 27 or having to work at Hooters for 7+ years?

Via: The Huffington Post

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