A former employee claims Hooters fired her because she had highlights in her hair. The woman, who is African-American, said her white co-workers were allowed to have highlights, but she was not.
Farryn Johnson says she was told by managers that her hair color violated employee image standards, and they specifically told her "Black women don't have blond in their hair, so you need to take it out." She was fired from her waitress job at Baltimore's Harborplace Hooters.
Johnson has a lawyer and a lawmaker on her side. Delegate Mary Washington, of Baltimore, is drafting legislation that would prevent employers from requiring or prohibiting specific hairstyles.
The Atlanta-based restaurant, famous for their wings and uniforms, is not commenting on the complaint, citing pending litigation. The case is now in the hands of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.
Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. WWJZ contributed to this report.
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