BALTIMORE, MD – An arbiter awarded former Hooters waitress Farryn Johnson a quarter of a million dollars after she was fired for what were ruled discriminatory policies. Johnson says she was fired for dyeing her hair blonde.
The company’s image policy states that waitresses’ hair cannot appear “bizarre, outrageous or extreme.” But Johnson says women of other races dyed their hair and were not disciplined. An arbiter agreed with Johnson, determining her firing was illegal and discriminatory. Johnson was awarded $250,000.
Hooters released a statement calling the decision “flawed” and says the suggestion of racial discrimination could not be “farther from the truth.”