Discrimination Lawsuits Brought Up Against The Hooters Restaurant Chain

850 WordsOct 20, 20154 Pages
The following essay describes discrimination lawsuits brought up against the Hooters restaurant chain. Employees in Michigan filed suit and said they were discriminated for being overweight while employed as servers. According to Leanne Convery, who was one of the women who fired, she weighed 115 pounds at the time and four-feet-eleven at the time. She was encouraged to take stimulants such as Adderall and appetite suppressants to speed up weight loss (Foley, 2010). Hooters found a way to navigate the discrimination laws using bona fide occupation qualifications (BFOQ). The example of hiring only women as servers could arguably violate the best-known employment anti-discrimination law found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In summary, Section 703 of the Act mentions, it shall be unlawful employment practice for an employer to refuse to hire an individual based on sex. Hooters is a prime example of a franchise that has found loop holes in discrimination law. From the perspective of Hooters they are in the business of entertaining and their brand relies on having attractive women “entertain” their guests. This is a gray area and ethically speaking, I would pass on going into Hooters, because in my opinion, this is an act of discrimination. Regardless of my opinion, Hooters continues to hire only women and uses BFOQ as a defense. A BFOQ is deemed to a specific job and “reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the business,” and is determined on a

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