A former waitress who says Hooters of America placed her on a 30-day probationary period to lose weight has filed a lawsuit against the Atlanta-based company. Cassandra Smith quit her job at a Hooters restaurant in Roseville, Mich., after she says she was told to shed some pounds to improve her looks as a shift leader, according to an Associated Press story.
Smith has gotten positive employee reviews from Hooters since she was hired in 2008. She says she is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 132 pounds. According to Metropolitan Life Tables, a woman of Smith’s height with a medium frame would be considered at a healthy weight if she were between 136 and 150 pounds.
Do you think Smith has a case? Is this a case of discrimination? Or is Hooters justified in its hiring and probation policies? Just how far can employers go when it comes to hiring requirements based on looks?
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