So the big news story this week in the civil arena – at least the public one – concerns a Hooters server who was put on “weight probation.”
Cassie Smith, 20, said she was told that if she wanted to keep her job at the sports bar chain’s Roseville location, she needed to drop some weight, because her shorts and shirt size “could use some improvement.”
Fox 2 Detroit added that the 5-foot, 8-inch, 132-pound server has contacted a lawyer because Michigan is one state that carries the weight discrimination law.
Interestingly, Smith claimed that when landed the job two years ago, she was actually 10 pounds heavier. (She must have taken the advice from the “Eat This, Not That!” experts, and avoided the wings.)
The news station got a response from the sports bar’s corporate headquarters that the company “does not impose any weight requirement, and no employee in Michigan has been counseled about their weight.”
Further, “Our practice of upholding an image standard based on appearance, attitude and fitness for Hooters girls is both legal and fair. It is not unlike the standard used by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders or the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.”
Apparently, the restaurant is concerned about the well-being of its employees, as Smith said she was offered a free monthlong gym membership to, well, conform to the “standard” better.
UPDATE, MAY 24: The Detroit News has reported that Smith has filed a lawsuit in Macomb County Circuit Court, asserted an ELCRA violation.