A wage-and-hour lawsuit filed in Sacramento County Superior Court this week offers insight into the world of a Hooters Girl – specifically, their uniforms, which the plaintiffs say (free reg. req.) the company makes them pay to replace.
The complaint, filed by five current and former Hooters Girls, draws from the company website to describe the uniform as “white Hooters tank top, orange shorts, suntan hose, white socks, solid white shoes, brown Hooters pouch, name-tag and of course…a smile! The uniform cannot be sold to the public for any reason.”
The uniform requirements are so particular, the complaint says, that they specify the approved type of socks (“all white, thick athletic ‘slouch’ socks”) and color of pantyhose (Suntan, but “you may go a shade darker if your skin color is darker than the Suntan pantyhose color.”).
“They have special pantyhose that they have to wear,” said Morris Baller of Oakland’s Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian, who’s representing the plaintiffs along with Oakland solo Burton Boltuch. “If there’s a run, they have to be replaced immediately to continue working.”
I tried the Hooters Hotline and corporate spokesman to seek comment from the company on the lawsuit, which also claims improper tip-sharing and a host of other violations. No word yet.
However, in my research I did find this jewel from the Hooters website: “To Hooters, the women’s rights movement is important because it guarantees women have the right to choose their own careers, be it a Supreme Court Justice or Hooters Girl.”