Settling for Hooters Girls Will Cost You Big: How Hooters Maintains Their Sex Based Hiring Practices
Hooters is one smart breastaurant. They’ve been able to maintain their "Hooters Girl" hiring practices through three lawsuits, including a class action, and an EEOC Commissioner’s Charge that had a settlement demand of over 22 million dollars. They are the gold standard for restaurants with sex based hiring practices. But for those without the resources of a billion-dollar company, Hooters should be a cautionary tale. Hiring practices based on protected characteristics are closely scrutinized by the EEOC and are only justifiable in certain, limited circumstances.
The final employment law lesson from this season of Vanderpump Rules touches on an important and often misunderstood type of discrimination – gender stereotyping. This season we saw the SURvers go on a joint bachelor/bachelorette trip where the men dressed up as women and the women hired a female stripper. This prompted one of the women, who is serving as a groomsman, to claim that this party was redefining traditional gender roles and what it means to be a man and a woman. That statement was more loaded than she probably even knows.
Who Says You Can’t Learn from TV? 5 Employment Law Lessons Courtesy of TV's Rowdiest Restaurant Staff
I’ve written about Vanderpump Rules before; the reality TV show that follows a group of model/actor hopefuls who work together at the Sexy Unique Restaurant (SUR) in LA. In addition to being beautiful, the staff is also wildly unruly. This season’s shenanigans illustrate some excellent employment law lessons about workplace relationships, hostile work environments, discipline, termination and defamation.
If You Like Hot Employees, You May Get Burned: Discrimination Concerns in Hiring Only Attractive People
There is a popular reality show called Vanderpump Rules that follows a group of aspiring actors and models who work in a restaurant in West Hollywood. Every single one of them is beautiful, as actors and models typically are. They are the ideal fit for the carefully curated aesthetic of the Sexy Unique Restaurant and Lounge (SUR). But while having an attractive staff may just be a nice perk of doing business in LA, for employers outside of the city of dreams, it raises a legitimate question: Is it legal to hire only attractive people? The answer is: It depends on what you find attractive.