Hooters Can't Escape Ex-Servers' Weight Bias Suits

Law360, New York (August 25, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT) -- Hooters of America Inc. has lost a bid to toss two suits by former waitresses alleging they were fired from the self-proclaimed “delightfully tacky yet unrefined” restaurant chain based on their weight.

In separate rulings Monday, Judge Peter J. Maceroni of the Macomb County Circuit Court in Michigan shot down motions by Hooters and its subsidiary Hooters of Roseville Inc. to throw out the suits by ex-waitresses Cassandra Smith and Leanne Convery.

Hooters argued that the suits should be dismissed because the employees had each signed...
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