published : 2023-08-25

Hooters Accused of Racial Bias in Legal Tussle

Deeper Probe into Hooters Reveals Disturbing Racial Preference In Employee Recall, According to Lawsuit

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Hooters, a restaurant chain renowned for its distinctive uniform and delightful food, stands at the precipice of a racial controversy. A lawsuit alleges that one of its outlets located in Greensboro, North Carolina, displayed blatant racial bias in its decision-making processes over post-pandemic employment recalls.

In response to the unanticipated havoc brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this particular Hooters branch had to reluctantly lay off over 40 employees back in March 2020. Contrarily, upon resumption of normal operations in May of the same year, the eatery displayed a skewed racial preference in calling back its employees, the lawsuit maintains.

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According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is spearheading the lawsuit, the primary beneficiaries of this recall were predominantly 'White or light-skinned' employees. The EEOC further claims that, prior to COVID-induced layoffs, over half of the so-called 'Hooters Girls' were 'Black or dark-skinned'. That number alarmingly plummeted to a mere 8% post the recall.

Deepening the controversy, the complaint reveals unsettling accounts of racial prejudice within the workplace. Allegedly, Hooters Girls with darker skin tones bore witness to visible racial hostility. They also observed their White counterparts receiving preferential treatment.

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Matters ramped up when Federal law was evoked by Melinda C. Dugas, the regional attorney for EEOC’s Charlotte District. She hammered home the point that employers must safeguard against racial biases in their decision-making during layoffs, recalls, and hiring decisions. It seems clear: the enigma of racial inequality has left an indelible mark on our society, and leading organizations are not exempt from its impact.

We reached out to Hooters for comment on this disturbing claim against their brand, but are yet to receive a response. Repercussions of this lawsuit could potentially mar the brand's reputation, casting a broad shadow on what was previously known largely for its food choices. As this legal narrative unfolds, Hooters may find itself in hot water for unconscionable reasons that extend far beyond the secret of their famous naked wings.