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Hooters waitress files lawsuit after being fired for not looking good

By Mason White 6:04 PM April 10, 2013
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By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A Hooters waitress is extremely angry after being fired for not looking great, according to a new lawsuit filed in court.

The former Hooters waitress has sued the restaurant chain in federal court, claiming she was fired from her job after brain surgery left her with a bad haircut and a healing scar which became too painful to wear a wig.

Sandra Lupo, 27, had worked as a waitress at the St. Peters, Missouri, Hooters since April 2005, but took off from her job for a few weeks last summer to have a cranial mass removed.

Lupo had the support of her manager, who visited her in the hospital and suggested to her that when she was ready to return to work she can wear a chemo cap or jewelry in order to distract attention from her lack of hair and cranial scar, according to the court papers.

Doctors eventually, gave her permission to return to work at Hooters, where she worked in order to pay for nursing school.
Shortly before returning to work, Lupo was told that she would be required to wear a wig at work, according to court documents.

Lupo said that she did not have a wig and he could not afford a wig, as they vary in cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars, adding that the regional manager did not offer to pay for the wig, according to the court documents.

“Hooters of America believes that the suit is groundless, denies the allegations and has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit,” the spokesperson for the company said in a statement.

“This is a very difficult case. Hooters is known to be in the business of selling not only food but also displaying attractive women. Having an employee who is not attractive can seriously hurt their business,” Joe Mitchell, 41, a Hooters customer in Atlanta, Goergia told after learning of the lawsuit.

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