Hooters Girl, Size XS, Deemed Too Fat to Serve Wings
May 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A 20-year-old blonde and pretty Hooters server, wearing a size extra small, was put on probation for being too fat. Cassandra Smith went home in tears, and is now considering legal action against the famous wings and boobs chain restaurant.
Smith, who has been working at a Detroit area Hooters for two-years, says she is 5’8″ tall and weighs 132 pounds, which is hardly obese. In the attached photo, Smith is the first girl seated at the front of the motorcycle.
But during a recent job review, she was told to shed some pounds and go to a gym, or lose her job. Present during her review, were the assistant and general managers and two women on a conference call from Hooters’ headquarters in Atlanta. Smith was given low marks for the fit of her teeny tiny Hooters shorts and tank top:
“After the women informed her she had excellent marks for customer satisfaction and cooperation with coworkers, she was told she received the lowest marks for her “uniform fitting.”‘
Smith was shocked by the “too fat” assessment. ‘”I was confused because I don’t wear the biggest uniform size,”‘ Smith said in a phone interview. She was then offered a free gym membership and given 30 days to improve. If by 60 days she did not comply, she could lose her employment, she said. “I was just completely embarrassed,”‘ Smith said.
Smith does not plan to return to serving at Hooters. And she has been contacted by several attorneys offering to represent her in a lawsuit against the company for weight discrimination. Michigan’s discrimination statue covers weight.
But Hooters’ responded to Smith’s claims, denying she was warned about her weight. “Hooters of America does not impose any weight requirement, and no employee in Michigan has been counseled about their weight,” read the statement.
However, the restaurant chain known for its beautiful and well endowed young female servers, acknowledged it imposes appearance standards in its hiring practices, which barely skirts existing discrimination guidelines.
Hooters has a history of being sued for discrimination, but most cases are settled out of court. The company has consistently defended its hiring practices based on appearance, citing the “bona fide occupational qualification” exception to the EEOC Guidelines on Discrimination.