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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hooters Girl Requirements


A couple of questions came up after I posted the latest about the Hooters Weight Discrimination Lawsuit.

Does Hooters tell their staff up-front about appearance requirements?

Yes. The following is a direct quote from the Hooters website About Page:

The element of female sex appeal is prevalent in the restaurants... The Hooters system employs over 25,000 people - over 17,000 of which are Hooters Girls. The "nearly world famous" Hooters Girls are the cornerstone of the Hooters concept... Hooters hires women who best fit the image of a Hooters Girl... The chain hires both males and females to work in management and host, staff, service bar, and kitchen positions. The Hooters Girl uniform consists of orange shorts and a white tank top. Pantyhose and bras are required.

People who wish to work as Hooters Girls must apply in person. I could find no easily accessible, spelled-out weight requirements, but any reasonable person can figure out that the in-person application requirement is to give management a chance to decide whether a woman will look sexy enough in a Hooters "uniform."

The lawsuit in question is filed in the state of Michigan. Michigan is one of the few states that makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of height and weight. It is relevant to mention that the plaintiff was not obese nor even unhealthy. She weighed less than when she had been recruited. I only mention these facts because it would be too easy for shallow types to make fun of her for being "fat." She wasn't.

Does Hooters hire male wait-persons? 

No. As described in the quote from Hooters' website above, Hooters hires males and females for various positions, but only females as wait staff.

If not, do I smell another discrimination lawsuit in the works?

I don't know; good question.

Federal law protects citizens from discrimination on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, gender and disability. Individual states may add to this list; for example, in Vermont you cannot be fired for being homosexual.

Gender is a federally protected status, so theoretically, a lawsuit could be filed. I don't know how it would play out, but would be interested to watch.

In Michigan, you cannot be discriminated against on the basis of height and weight. I will continue to watch for updates in this important case.

PDF: Cassandra Marie Smith vs. Hooters of Roseville and Hooters of America.

EDIT 8/24/2012:

This may be the most popular post on this blog. There are numerous lawsuits filed by men against Hooters for their policy of only hiring female wait staff. Men Sue Hooters for Sex Discrimination details some of the fun and games that have gone on over the years. The end results of these lawsuits are both money for the men, and Hooters agreeing to hire males for various and sundry other roles in the front of house, such as host.

Hooters continues to hide behind it's Bona Fide Occupational Qualification ("BOFAQ") to deny men waiter positions. At the same time, however, they claim they are a family restaurant. BOFAQs are given to strip clubs because they really can't hire men to strip for straight males who come in to be "entertained." Hooters waitresses are required to "entertain" customers -- it is in their employment agreement. The National Organization for Women ("NOW") at one point called them out on this, but so far Hooters continues to have one foot in BOFAQ and one in family restaurant.



25 comments:

  1. I thought that Hooters hired its wait staff as 'performers' not as serving staff. Therefore normal discrimination laws do not apply? Either way it sucks but I believe that's how Hooters gets out of it.

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  2. i think you are right about the "performers" thing...

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  3. I know that Tiltled Kilt refers to waitresses as actresses or performers. I was not aware of Hooters doing the same thing. Interesting.

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  4. Funny, the hooters in KY are filled with girls way over 130lbs, actually some look riduculous b/c of muffin tops. I went to a local hooters to apply about 8 months ago, btw, I am 32 yrs old, and look my age, but wear a size 2 have natural light blonde hair (long) and a size 36C bra, and consider myself bubbly, very attractive, and an experienced in cocktail waitressing....but was told they would callback in 3-5 days after meeting w/ other mgrs, and if I did not hear from them it meant they were not hiring. Never heard, went back to meet friends @ same locartion about 3 weeks later, and asked our server if they hired any new girls...she pointed out 4 new girls who were hired 2 1/2 weeks before...all looked about 18, but all had muffin tops, looked hungover,and very plain....hmmmm should I say age discrimination, but can't prove it, and have to be at least 40 for the age discrimination issue...Brandi

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    1. That's ironic that you have to be at least 40 for the age discrim. issue to apply. That itself is age discrimination too.

      Kids experience age discrimination from preschool: you aren't old enough to play with us!

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  5. Hooters referes to their employees as "entertainers" not performers. We are not strippers. Also, Hooters tells you up front about ALL of the requirements. I live in ALabama. It is a no fault state. You can get fired for ANYTHING. It is said to you while at your interview that you are expected to mantain or improve your look while working there. NEVER downgrade. This goes for hair, make up, weight, even pale-tan skin coloring. You are to do your best as a Hooters girl to continue to give Hooters girls a good name throughout the world. In one case, many years ago Hooters was actually sued for "false advertising" because one of the girls were "ugly". The person sueing won. They do it to stay in business and not lose money as would any other restraunt/business. I personally think that working at Hooters is a great place to work at. It is fun and keeps you in shape, looking your best and up to par. Being a Hooters girl gives you confidence and the chance to excel in many other aspects of life.

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    1. Are you in the Birmingham area? And if so, are they hiring? I'm looking to go to one next week.....

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    2. I am a girl at the hooters in Alabama and let me tell you the managers are shit. I am actually currently looking for another job due to lack of unprofessional management. One of our managers told a girl who I use to go to school with that she was to fat to fill the position.. BTW she was a hooters girl in Florida but transferred down to the Huntsville hooters. Also, our girl manager told this girl that she couldn't wear a crop top because she had a hang over and she needed to go home and work out and try her crop top next week... BTW the GM approved the girl who was wearing the crop top... I cant stand working there and I am sooooooo ready to find a new job.... THIS MANAGEMENT is horrible... & maybe corporate needs to look into find all new managers.. Especially fire the girl whos manager who use to be a hooters girl.......

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  6. And the "anonymous above my comment: They may do it differently in the UK. I am not sure. but not many hooters will hire you, period if you are above 31. I think I know of 2 girls older then that in the job field that are not managing. Some girls are just not cut for it. ALSO, personality has a lot to do with it. even if you arent the skinnniest, you MUST have a bubbly personality and beautiful face/ exc. They let some things go but only if one have most of the requirements and it is rare. Some of the girls at your location may have had "muffin tops" but chances are this is because they had male managers and were in the wrong sized uniform. I'm sure their personalities were great and they were very outgoing and friendly. Other wise, they would not have gotten the job. Sorry you did not meet the requirements. They start hire at 18 for a reason, Just saying.

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  7. In all of the anonymous discussions above, I notice nobody mentions knowledge of food, table servivce, etc. It's all about looks and willingness to flirt.

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  8. Actually, I applied at a Hooters in Tennessee this winter and I wasn't hired, I was told, due to lack of serving experience. I am 5'6", weigh 115 lbs, and wear a size 32C bra. I'm in good shape, pretty, bubbly, and energetic. They said if I had more serving experience I would've been hired on the spot. So apparently it plays some role in the process.

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    1. I'm a current Hooter's girl and SO many girls I work with had zero experience when coming in. They're the ones we start out only giving them two tables for about a week.

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  9. If you don't like Hooters, then don't go, otherwise, if it bothers you, then you're either fat, ugly, both, and most definitely a pathetic liberal with nothing better to do than judge people who don't care about you. Why are you liberals so angry??? Get a life, Hooters is there for a reason, even if you don't like the reason, it's none of your business....losers...

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    1. The problem isn't just jealous women, the problem is the level of comfort one expects when they go out to eat or get a drink. I'm not tight and firm like these women but I am also by no means fat, but the last thing I want is to go into an establishment and regardless of how nice the girls are, and they are amazing women doing what they do, people seem to under mind how hard these girls have to work and what they go on to do later in life can be incredible, is knowing that regardless of my experience and what I have done for companies in the past as far as sales and excellent customer service, knowing I will be passed up for a girl who could have less experience then myself will get the job simply because her tummy and rear end might be a little tighter then my own. You say it's none of anyones business, but the fact is it's everyones business they are, A BUSINESS, they put themselves out there, so they have to expect feedback, thats how business works. I can tell simply by reading your post you are lacking morals, and common sense. I run a business, and if someone like you were to apply, your attitude is what would keep you out of my place in a heartbeat. You need mentoring desperately I can not imagine how someone with your insight will get very far in life.

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    2. I dont understand how one's political affiliation has anything to do with this article? I'm guessing the woman from Alabama was not a liberal. You are immature.

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  10. It's their business they may run it how they like if you don't agree then go eat somewhere else...

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  11. My daughter was hired on the spot at a Hooter's in Norther Illinois. She's 5'7 125 lbs blond hair and blue eyes. Has a very good friendly personality and is very social.Oh yes and 32 C bra size. She trained and took the testing and passed with flying colors.Bought the shoes and started serving. First day a gentleman gave her a $70.00 tip. Three weeks later she goes into work and was told that she was being let go because she did'nt meet the "standards" of being a hooters girl. REALLY??? Are you kidding?? There were girls there that couldn't even touch they way my daughter looks and still working there. Kind of upset her and brought her confidence down but alot of friends and family then said that's ok her "standards" are too high to be working in a place like that. lol But to make a long story short. Thanks for pushing her to be better at what she is and does cause now she has a better paying job then what Hooter was paying her.

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    1. Any parent who would discuss his/her daughter in such detail as to include her bra size gives me pause.

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  12. Just being a proud parent of my daughter for who she is goregous, smart and has "very" high standards. And just letting you know what her experience was with our Hooters. To bad many girls look up to girls like Hooter girls only to be judged by their looks and size and not by whats inside and how hard working and smart some of these girls are only to be put down for reasons unknown only to be told that their standards weren't met. She was good enough to be hired on the spot by the regional manager which commented to her during the interview that he was highly confident that she would do well there. Wonder what changed in such a short period of time.Maybe she could'nt keep up that fake facade that alot of the girls endure there. Well it's just a very small chapter in her book and it didn't take long for her to pick herself back up from being dissapointed. The experience made her even more confident then before. Oh and the food is not what it was like years ago. The quality seems not there like it used to be. Oh and for the bra size. I just put that in there cause it seems like that was an important part of what we thought were the standards of being a Hooters girl. Interperate like you feel. Thanks

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  13. Im from Alaska, we used to have a Hooters here prob like 6 years ago, i remember going in there and being shocked, the waitresses there that day were appauling, one was wearing roller skates and taller then the guy i was with that was 6'3 she was definitly a plus size girl with out a doubt, she probably honestly was like a size 16, and her hair was ratty and she was pale with no make up at all and her features were far from appealing, then the other that were there were slim but flabby w no butt and small chest. fairly average lookin. I was disipointed honestly, id be lying if i said i wasnt.Ive wanted to apply at hooters since i was 19 but got discouraged after getting married and having a baby. Still to this day id like to apply at a Hooters just to say i did it, but i wouldnt of worked at the Anchorge alaska location just for the fact that my appearance is more traditional Hooters girl, not what they had working there.... And I honestly think they should have Appearance requirements, they should have to maintain a tan, hair and make up as well as like manicures, it is a franchise based on beautiful women. I think they should hire women with a lil meat on there bones because realistically alot of men like that but they should deffinitly have to FIT in the uniform and look good in it. there is absolutly nothing wrong with maintaining your immage for a job, if u want to be in the line of work that is focused on beauty then well u should probably do your best to look "beautiful", i do hair and make up, if i looked like a slob no one would want to come to me, thats just how the beauty industry works. like it or leave it pretty much lol.

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    1. Have you ever been to the hooters website? It clearly states all the requirements for a hooters girl. Their hair has to be perfect and full of volume at all times. Also, it SPECIFICALLY says only two coats of mascara, unclumped. Also, little to no eyeliner, and neutral colors. Furthermore, they don't want little "snookis" running around the business. they care a lot about the girls skin care and encourage fake tans as compared to actually tanning. By the looks of your picture, you would not fit the hooters "type" as you look orange and have too much eyeliner and mascara on. Maybe you should read up more and become a little more educated about the topic before complaining on a public forum.

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    2. LMAO. Forget the website. Go to a Hooters in your town. They don't want fake girls but half the girls have fake breasts and fake tans and nails with fake hair extentions. Kind of hypocritical if you ask anybody. Hooters is a joke. And actually Jessica looks like a few of the girls in the Hooters in my town.

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    3. @Jessica Barney so you think you're a better hooters girl because they are fat and "average" looking? You look like a tweaked out oompa loompa. If thats what the hooters girls look like in you're town I am so sorry bro, you are really missing out.

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  14. omgosh a waitress offered me a job at the hooters near me, she was gorgeous along with every other server there:))) I have never had such a great experience anywhere before, and it has always been my biggest dream to work at hooters! I am a size 1 with a huge personality but i have little boobs, and i really really want this job so bad but i dont want to get turned down becuz of my looks! I hope i makeit<3

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    1. The reason I hope you don't is so that you will set your goals higher and then reach those higher goals. I'll bet you can make money without selling your looks or your body.

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