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The recent actions of the Hooters of America restaurant chain and its Michigan regional management – placing an employee with an exemplary performance record on probation for her weight - have now led to a lawsuit.
The suit outlines how Hooters violated the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Right Act, which bars employers from discriminating on the basis of weight and height – the only such state law in the country.
Hooters employee Cassandra Smith was a Shift Leader and two year veteran at the company’s Roseville, Michigan location was told by the Hooters corporate office that her job was in jeopardy because of the “fit” of her uniform. Smith is just 20 years old, 5’8” tall and weighs just 132.5 pounds.
Attorneys from The Sam Bernstein Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan are among multiple experienced lawyers who are representing Ms. Smith in this case.
The legal Complaint to commence this lawsuit was filed on May 24, 2010 in Macomb County Circuit Court. Soon after, other former Hooters employees who suffered discrimination have come forward. On June 2, 2010, Leanne Convery sued Hooters for weight discrimination.
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