NLRB Judge Says Hooters Firing, Work Rules Unlawful

Law360, New York (May 20, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT) -- A National Labor Relations Board judge said Monday that a Hooters franchise unlawfully fired a waitress who complained about an allegedly rigged bikini contest, and went on to strike down nine employee handbook rules prohibiting behavior such as insubordination and disrespect to guests.

In addition to deeming Alexis Hanson's firing and the handbook rules unlawful, the 46-page ruling from Administrative Law Judge William Nelson Cates also nixed a confidential information and nondisclosure agreement and an arbitration agreement in which workers waived the right to bring class claims.

Hoot Winc LLC and Hooters of Ontario Mills — deemed joint employers by the...

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