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Hooters Reveals Increase in California Class-Action Lawsuits

April 13, 2010

In a previous blog, our Anaheim-based Labor and Employment Lawyers 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.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, this case is revealing to many as the three class action lawsuits have nothing to do with skimpy uniforms female waitresses are required to wear, or the nature of the provocative theme promoting the restaurant--that sex sells and it is legal.

This class action wage and hour lawsuit is accusing Hooters of California wage and hour law violations, by forcing waitresses to buy their own uniforms, work through breaks, share hard earned tips with managers, and work for free at bikini car washes, golf tournaments, car shows, even going to local businesses to give them free wings.

The article claims that from 2000 to 2005, employment-related class-action lawsuits have increased more than 300 percent in the State of California, the highest number of lawsuits in the country, next to Florida, who wins for per-capita filings. California is reportedly home to the most expansive and rigid laws protecting employee rights in the workplace.

Hooters employees have filed three class action lawsuits in the San Francisco Bay area, and Sacramento and Los Angeles Counties, challenging the franchises' employment and labor practices. The three class-action lawsuits cover all Hooter girls, busboys and dishwashers, an amount that totals over 6,000 people in the suit.

This company has been involved in litigation in the past, when Hooters of America paid $3.75 million to settle a male class-action gender-based lawsuit, where men claimed to have been denied jobs because of their sex.

At Howard Law, PC, our experienced team of Anaheim-based Labor and Employment Attorneys aggressively protect your right to a workplace free from violations of wage and hour laws in Orange County. Contact us today.

Suit Challenges Hooters on Wage-and-Hour Issues, The New York Times, April 19, 2010

Fresno Hooters Workers File Lawsuit, Fresno Bee, March 18, 2010

Hooters Employees Launch Class Action Suit Over Uniforms, Digital Journal.com, March 20, 2010

Worth Noting in Business: Hooters Lawsuit, National AG Day and More, Bakersfield.com, March 18, 2010

Skimpy Uniforms, Short Pay, and Long Hours, Hooters Workers Cry Foul, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 20, 2010

Class Action Lawsuit To Be Brought Against Local Hooters Restaurants, Fox40 News, March 16, 2010

Related Web Resources:

California Department of Industrial Relations: Division of Labor Standards Enforcements (DSLE): Wage and Hours