Waitress Tests Restaurant’s Claim that Appearance is Part of the Job
A Hooters waitress in St. Peters Missouri is suing the chain for discrimination under the American’s with Disabilities Act. The nursing student, who had recently undergone brain surgery, was told she could return to her waitressing job by the manager.
When she started back she was told that she would have to wear a wig which would hide her short hair and scar. An article printed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on April 6 about the case reported that the wig would hinder the healing process. The woman’s hours were continually cut after she refused to wear the wig until she ultimately felt that it was necessary to quit.
The chain has been involved in suits in the past about appearance issues but this time it is a discrimination case due to a disability so that could make it a precedent setting suit. Employers are required by the Equal Opportunity Employment Act to never discriminate and an incident like this can certainly be a rightful reason to take an employer to court.
The experienced attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman have successfully handled many discrimination cases and you should contact us if you have suffered discrimination on the job. Visit our website today to schedule an appointment with our well trained staff to discuss this offense and to plan for your next step in the legal process.