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Waitress claims she was fired over her hair

Posted at 1:33 PM, Oct 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-24 11:40:02-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) – A Baltimore woman said she would file a discrimination lawsuit against Hooters restaurant. Farryn Johnson claimed she was fired from her job as a Hooters waitress after she added a blonde streak to her hair.

She said when management told her to change her hair back, she told them she could not afford to do so on her budget. She said she was later fired for what the company called “improper image.”

“I didn’t see that it would be a big issue just because there were a lot of other employees working at the restaurant of other races with color in their hair,” Johnson said. “For instance, there were Asian girls with red hair and Caucasian girls with black hair and blond streaks, so I didn’t think it would be an issue for the little piece of blond highlight in my hair.”

When asked about Johnson’s firing, Hooters of America said it would not comment on pending litigation.