A Hoot or Harassment?

by Intern Christina

We all know what the basis of the popular restaurant Hooters is: boobs and beer. The chain is famous for hiring busty females to serve up their wings, and from what I’ve heard, extremely tasty fries. They are clearly unashamed by this marketing strategy, boasting a moniker that is clearly a reference to their employee’s chests. But when does using women turn from Hooters to harassment?

23-year-old Courtney Scaramella thinks she knows where to draw the line. The former employee of the popular UCLA bar O’Hara’s is suing her ex-employer for harassment, citing the reason that she was forced to wear a skimpy uniform. Before you throw out her lawsuit on the basis of skepticism, take a look at what she was meant to wear. They itty bitty plaid mini skirt was attached only by velcro. This means if Courtney got her skirt caught on something, it was bottoms up and out. 


What’s more is that the bar allegedly had powerful fans near the register that would blow the girl’s skirt up. Even worse is the claim that the bar had all employees rate female patrons on the infamous 1-10 scale, giving free shots out to all 6’s and above. Not only does that make people feel like crap about themselves, but it puts the employees in an extremely awkward spot.

Scaramella claims that after she complained about the uniform and the policies, she was fired. The bar management’s defense maintains that she quit, and that her claims have no basis in fact. But Courtney is set to have a few former managers and employees willing to testify on her side. Clearly, no one is hooting about this situation. 


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