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Former Hooters Waitresses in Arbitration over Weight Discrimination

Friday, June, 17, 2011

Two former waitresses are arbitrating a weight discrimination case against their former employer, the Hooters restaurant located in Roseville, Michigan.  Both waitresses had filed lawsuits against Hooters of America only to have their cases dismissed by the county circuit court in Macomb.  The cases will be heard in arbitration instead, an alternative that is anticipated to last as little as six months.

Hooters Pleased to be Arbitrating the Case


William E.  Pilchak, representing the restaurant chain in the case, indicated approval of the court decision, stating that on behalf of Hooters, "We know that arbitration is the proper form for this claim based on the forms that were signed.  We’re pleased, ultimately, that our legal position was recognized.”


At issue in the case is an allegation of weight discrimination.  The two waitresses contend that they were released from employment because they were too slim.  In Michigan, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on several categories, among them height and weight.  The position of Hooters is that the waitresses had signed contracts agreeing to arbitrate all disputes.  According to Rob Huth, representing the Hooters restaurant located in Roseville, “it’s more cost- efficient to handle these matters in arbitration rather than having it in the court system for years."


Hooters denies having violated any civil rights of the two waitresses in the case.


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