Judge Lets Hooters Weight Bias Suits Proceed

By: AP
By: AP

A Michigan judge has given the go-ahead to lawsuits by two ex-Hooters waitresses who say they were fired because of their weight.

Michigan has a pioneering law that prohibits discrimination based on weight. The 1976 law also bans discrimination based on age and height.

Hooters of Roseville Inc. and Hooters of America Inc. say the law shouldn't apply because their waitresses are entertainers whose appearance is a legitimate concern.

Macomb County Circuit Judge Peter Maceroni on Monday denied Hooters' request to dismiss the suit because the waitresses had signed an arbitration agreement.

Maceroni says the women may not have knowingly waived their right to sue.

The suit are by Cassandra Smith and Leanne Convery.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    Most Hooter girls have that sexy appeal when they are hired. How do they go from sexy to fat in such a short time. The manager should have just fired them because they had a conflict with his management style.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    Oh please, companies have been outsourcing work for years. They will not stop doing business in Michigan. If weight is a problem, and someone can not do the work because of weight they should and wouldn't be hired. If you are not healthy enough to do a job, you don't apply for the job. Since when is wearing a size 6 instead of a size 2 a weight problem? Get a grip here, The Hooters girls were not hired for a job where weight would be a problem because you most likely couldn't do the job. The issue here is in the eye of the manager, he decided the girl looked fat, not that she was fat. Thats just plain Bull.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    Disqualification of the bargaining statement sets a bad precedence for future companies wanting to start businesses in Michigan. Companies will start outsourcing their labor to out of state companies just to get around the labor laws that are very biased against businesses.
  • by Sans on Aug 25, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    If these girls were not waitresses and entertainers, that they should have union representation. Entertainers belong to a couple of powerful unions. No union card, no work. Also entertainers do not take orders and deliver food as part of their entertainment job discription. They worked at Hooters resturent, Not any Las Vegas revue. They sure weren't paid enough to be entertainers.
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