Former Hooters Waitress Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
April 25, 2013
In a previous California employment attorneys blog, Vincent Howard discussed a recent California wage and hour lawsuit filed by former Hooters waitresses, who claimed to have been subjected to violations of California labor laws including tip sharing, working through meal and rest breaks, and being forced to buy their own uniforms, among other wage and hour violations.
In recent employment news, another former Hooters waitress has sued the restaurant company, this time for violating the Missouri Human Rights Act, for workplace discrimination based on a disability, and for wrongful termination.
According to the lawsuit, Sandra Lupo was forced to quit her job as a Hooters waitress, after preparing for brain surgery in July 2012 by shaving her head. Lupo reportedly underwent surgery to remove a large mass on her brain. After the surgery, when Lupo prepared to return to her waitressing position, a Hooters regional manager reportedly informed Lupo that she would need to wear a wig at the restaurant.
Lupo reportedly complied with the employment request, but found that the wig caused irritation with her surgical wound. Her lawsuit reportedly claims that because Lupo was unable to wear the wig while working, she was forced to leave her job. In response, Hooters allegedly cut her working hours to the point that the was forced to quit. The lawsuit also accuses Hooters of forcing Lupo to quit her job voluntarily so she would not be eligible to receive unemployment compensation.
According to the Missouri Human Rights Act, workplace discrimination based on a disability is against the law. As Vincent Howard frequently reports, under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), employers are also are not allowed to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in job hiring, compensation, job termination, training, employment advancement or any other conditions, terms and privileges of employment. An employer is required to reasonably accommodate a qualified disabled applicant unless the accommodation poses an undue hardship on the employer's business operations.
In Huntington Beach, La Habra, and Laguna Hills, California, contact Vincent Howard at Howard Law, PC today.
Sandra Lupo, Former Hooters Employee, Forced To Quit After Brain Surgery, Lawsuit Alleges, The Huffington Post, April 8, 2012
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