The Hooters restaurant chain is again in the national spotlight. Cassandra Smith, who works for the Hooters Restaurant in Roseville, Michigan, filed suit on Monday against her company. Smith is claiming weight discrimination.
Smith claims that during her annual performance review, senior leadership from Atlanta, Georgia told her that she needed to lose weight in order to keep her employment with the company. Her supervisors gave her thirty days to loose weight in order for her to look better in her uniform. The company then offered and purchased a gym membership for Smith in order for her to reach the goals they had set for her.
Smith found this odd, as reported by the Macomb Daily
, saying that she has lost ten pounds since she was recruited for the job over two years ago. Smith who has been promoted several times, and is now a shift supervisor for the Roseville Hooters found it shocking and was offended. Smith has said she has never had issues with her work performance in the past. In Michigan, Weight Discrimination is a violation of the Michigan Civil Rights Law, and could lead to civil fines to the defendant and damages to the plaintiff. This matter is still under investigation buy the company.