Nikolai Grushevski from Corpus Christi, Texas, has filed
this lawsuit against Hooters
seeking unspecified damages.
The lawsuit filed at the Federal court in Corpus Christi claims the following:
"Hooters tries to circumvent the law by referring to its waiters as 'Hooters Girls.' Hooters is wrong...Just as Southwest Airlines attempted nearly three decades ago with stewardesses, the waiter's position addressed herein is being limited to females by an employer '...who merely wishes to exploit female sexuality as a marketing tool to attract customers and insure profitability.'"
Grushevski filed this lawsuit after he tried to apply for a “Hooters Girls” job at a local restaurant. The manager told him that Hooters doesn’t hire men as waiters. Grushevski says in the suit that he is offended by the decision and wants Hooters to give the same rights to men as a food server.
A similar suit was filed against Hooters in 1997, when seven men from Chicago filed a $2-million claim against Hooters for not making the kitchen staff and bartender “gender neutral.” Hooters paid the damages and reversed their policy, but in this case they are not willing to change their stance.
Hooters spokeswoman, Alexis Aleshire responded to media questions in an email, saying one must be a woman in order to be a Hooters Girl.
Mike McNeil, vice president of marketing for Hooters of America, issued the following comment, which was enclosed in Aleshire’s email:
"The good news is that when this happened the last time, Hooters benefitted from an avalanche of positive publicity and public support for keeping Hooters Girls, well, girls. If we lose this go around, you can next expect hairy legged guys in the Rockettes to line up and male models in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. You wonder why people just can't leave good things alone."