Michigan employment news: Hooters tells 132 lb worker to loose weight

05/20/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Detroit, MI— Normally, when you’re called in for an annual employee review you typically expect a raise (since you’ve worked so hard); but for one Hooters employee she was offered a free gym membership instead. Cassandra Smith, 20, was told she needed to loose some weight or risk loosing her job, as reported by Click on Detroit.

Smith has worked for the Hooters is Roseville for two years and when she was called in for an employee review, she didn’t get the news that she had hoped for. During the review on May 14, 2010, Smith and two women from Hooter’s headquarters in Atlanta, along with her bosses had a conference call.

Smith was praised for her attitude and customer service skills, but was informed that her uniform shirt and short size needed some improvement. At 5 feet 8 inches tall and 132 pounds, Smith believes that she doesn’t need to loose weight.

The women from Hooters headquarters said they would be giving her a free gym membership with a 30-day limit to loose weight. If she didn’t loose the weight, she would ultimately loose her job.

Hooters uniforms are only offered in sizes double-extra small, extra small and small.

Hooters released a statement which said, “Hooters of America Inc. announced today (Tuesday) that while the company does uphold image standards for the more than 17,000 Hooters girls currently serving in the more than 455 restaurants around the world, it does not impose any weight requirement,” the company said in a statement. “We will not make any comment on a current employee except to say that no employee in Michigan has been counseled about their weight. However, we will say that our practice of upholding an image standard based on appearance, attitude and fitness for Hooters girls is both legal and fair. It is not unlike the standard used by the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders or the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.”

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