Friday, June 4, 2010

Hooters Employee Claims Weight Discrimination

Roseveille, Michigan – Twenty-year-old waitress Cassandra Smith has filed an antidiscrimination lawsuit against the Hooters restaurant chain after she was placed on “weight probation” and was offered a free gym membership. The suit, filed in Macomb County Circuit Court, claims that Hooters violated Smith’s civil rights when store managers and corporate employees threatened to fire her if she failed to lose weight during a 30-day probation period.

Under the Michigan Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, employers are barred from discriminating on the basis of religion, marital or familial status, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height and weight. 

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