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Fired Waitress: ‘Hair Colored Blonde, Not Natural For Black Girls’ [Video]

An African-American woman claims she was fired from the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hooters’ restaurant because her hair color wasn’t “natural.”

Attorney Jessica P. Weber is acting for the complainant, 25-year-old Farryn Johnson, She alleges that her supervisors told her that the blonde highlights in her hair violated the appearance policy for “Hooters Girls.”

Johnson told them that other waitresses had dyed hair. She gave examples of an Asian-American woman with bright red hair, and a white woman who had black hair with platinum highlights. But her complaint fell on deaf ears. Her supervisors simply told her that her hair was “not natural” because she was African-American. She was first told off for having highlights in June but she did not change her hair color. She was fired in August.

Rebecca Sinclair, chief human resources officer for Hooters of America, said that the chain does not have different standards for waitresses of different races.

“When you’re representing an iconic brand there are standards to follow. Hooters Girls are required to be camera-ready at all times to promote the glamorous, wholesome look for which Hooters is known. Hooters adamantly denies that it has different policies and standards for hair based on race. As a global brand, Hooters embraces our culturally diverse employee base and our standards are applied impartially,”

Johnson had worked for nearly a year at Hooters, a restaurant chain that is renowned for its scantily clad buxom waitresses, and describes itself as “delightfully tacky yet unrefined.”

She said she was not the only black Hooters employee told by managers to change her hair. She alleges that others were also ordered to straighten their hair when they came to work with curly hair, even though white employees were allowed to work with curly hair.

Johnson is seeking lost wages being fired as a waitress. Hair color was not a good enough reason and she wants Hooters to change its policy.

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46 Responses to “Fired Waitress: ‘Hair Colored Blonde, Not Natural For Black Girls’ [Video]”

  1. Anonymous

    Not natural? So does that mean that take fitties aren't tolerated either?

  2. Anonymous

    Got it backwards. Blonde hair doesn't come with black skin, should have pulled a jackson and bleached her ass. Thats exactly why I won't hire one of them, just looking for a reason to sue.

  3. Mac Mcgovern

    it's been several years since I've been there but, I work on the road and whenever I come to a new town I go to hooters because believe it or not gives a good representation of the local women. I guess the inner harbor hooters was an exception to the rule. Long story short, I never went back. They all looked like hell

  4. Anonymous

    Who cares? The food is crap. I am surprised they are still in business

  5. Anonymous

    I think they should come clean about the real reason for her termination. if a white woman can streak her hair and she can't, that's discrimination. if the restaurant can't come up with any other reason but hair, then I hope she wins the damages she's suing for.

  6. Anonymous

    She's prohibited from dyeing her hair an unnatural color, but she's required to process it to an unnatural texture? Does hooters promote racism or hypocrisy?

  7. Anonymous

    "Hooters Girls are required to be camera-ready at all times to promote the glamorous, wholesome look for which Hooters is known"…Hilarious and ironic at the same time.

  8. Billie Jones

    Hooters sounds like a very backward place to work. To say that it isn't natural for African-American women to have naturally blonde hair is ignorant. My cousin is African-American and she has had sandy hair with blond streaks all of her life. Her mother is white and her father is African-American.

  9. Singletary Rhett

    I agree that perming hair is unnatural. They are contradicting their own policy
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  10. Anonymous

    Hope she wins her lawsuit. Never entered their doors but this is way over the top.

  11. Richard Griffin

    Billie Jones you must be all black? So your cousin is a Zebra? Half black half white? Where do you think she gets the blonde from? Dunce!

  12. Lisa Wentworth

    Most places that want 'natural' colour hair or colours found in nature, meaning not blue or pink. I am surprised Hooters doesn't make them all wear big, blonde wigs! It sounds like, and looks like, she really isn't the 'image' which has always been at Hooters with some beach bunny buxom blonde with a tan. It was probably subtext for 'not the look we want' and hey, they are backasswards as you get at Hooters. I worked at a place and was expected to look elegant. Then I was pregnant [married, old enough, all that] and they decided that because I could not fit into a Chanel style suit, I didn't fit it in. I was still elegant, wore the colours and work attire and heel height and all that… I was just pregnant! They didn't know what to do with someone that broke the image, and told me I had an 'attractiveness contract' that I surely don't remember signing. I was the most elegantly attired women you have seen, next to Kate Middleton, but even the Queen didn't object to her being pregnant or well' dressed. Girls, be happy these days you can do or wear whatever, because not that long ago someone could say NO and they could trump up a reason, like it or not!

  13. Charles Cox

    Rules are rules and I am sure the rules were the same when she took the job. If discrimination is the issue then why does she think she got the job in the first place!!! It seems that some people just seem to need to keep crying to try to get attention and monetary settlemrnts as long as anyone is going to give it to them!!!!!

  14. Jon Donham

    well either way she wont have to worry now because she can buy a hooters and that is after all the african agenda .to wait until the opportunity arises to capitalize on a ridiculously over sensitized public and seize their oh so well deserved reparations …..gone iz my dayz ,that my heart was young and gay …gone iz my friends to the cotton fields away . long from dis erf to a betta place I go …I hear da angels voices callin OLD …Black JOE !!! its a hymn lol

  15. Chantelle Comas

    I always make fun of black people because they love Obama, because they like to live off the government help, and always screaming racism for sometimes ridiculous things. But this is probably one of the first times I can actually agree that Hooters is being racist. The girl said it herself that their is a chinese girl working their with bright red hair, and caucaisan women with jet black hair, and latinas with platinum blonde hair. And by the looks of the picture her hair is not even completely blonde, its just a streak of blonde on the side. I honestly think they wanted to fire her in the first place and were looking for any ridiculous reason to let her go. Why would she want to fight for a company that doesent care about you anyways? I understand she is mad and I would be too, but I think she should have a litle more dignity and walk away with pride like you know you deserve better. Filing lawsuits is just making her look desperate like she wants revenge and her job back. But hey, if I can get some cash off their ass I guess I would sue too ! So go ahead girl !

  16. Anonymous

    Actually Richard, Genealogically speaking… being white is not technically "supreme" in any way. Technically, and it has been shown scientifically, that white skin tone and color eyes are technically recessive traits. In other words, the white race is actually a mutation and a biological mistake. Reason why most of you appear to get skin cancer, mental disorders, and age faster than any other ethnic race. Nothing bad, but I wouldn't be saying how your race is "supreme" when the science isn't really showing your belief to be true at all. IN FACT! the black race seems to own a lot of sports and have won a lot of Gold in the US olympics, the fastest man in the world was black, the first person to create the theory of open heart surgery was also black…so I would evaluate and read some more about your own belief system. – BTW! this is coming from a Latino, I'm not even black! and I know of the great things black people have done in history.

  17. Anne Savana

    wow that is just great i have eaten in place where the waitress had blond, purple and black hair??? people can be so damn blasted stupid what else did she do on the job??? what being blond is only for whites??? i have seen asians and mexican girls they looked ok…………………….

  18. Anonymous

    Correcting your grammar! it bothers me a little when I see a racist person's opinions and talk about how one race is "living off" the government, and yet! don't have their grammar in order. >_< I will point out your mistakes, so that you can learn something new today.

    "I always make fun of black people because they love Obama, (you don't use because twice! take it off!))because they like to live off government help, and always screaming racism for sometimes ridiculous things(what the hell were you trying to say here?-rereading what you type helps! ). But this is probably one of the first times I can actually agree that Hooters is being racist. The girl said it herself that their (there vs their – there's a major difference between the two) is a chinese girl working their with bright red hair, and caucaisan women with jet black hair, and latinas with platinum blonde hair. And by the looks of the picture her hair is not even completely blonde, its just a streak of blonde on the side. I honestly think they wanted to fire her in the first place and were looking for any ridiculous reason to let her go. Why would she want to fight for a company that doesent (doesn't) care about you anyways? I understand she is mad( put a comma here, to separate your ideas from a sentence) and I would be too, but I think she should have a litle (little) more dignity and walk away with pride like you know you deserve better (reread this sentence, it made no sense). Filing lawsuits is just making her look desperate like she wants revenge and her job back. But hey, if I can get some cash off their ass I guess I would sue too ! So go ahead girl !"

    First off! if you are white! learn your language! you only use one language! it is ridiculous to see somebody posting on here and not use it correctly. I am latino, I have to deal with the mechanics of both English and Spanish >< but! I still try my best to keep use correct grammar while I type. I may make a mistake from time to time but I am not racist and I don't even confuse "their" and "there" >_<

  19. Will Willx

    I thought the typo was "ackin" and thus stereotyping the way some blacks speak. But it was just a typo "actin" but i laughed.

  20. Kim Carson

    so this is to say that all the white girls with blonde hair who are working at hooters are "natural" blondes? glamorous, "wholesome" look? seriously? how could that hooters rep say that with a straight face;-)

  21. Ray Whaley

    Every time I see the headline I keep thinking it says, "Fried Waitress Hair" apparently the newest item on the Hooters menu.

  22. Chantelle Comas

    richi8 Ok hater keep hatin you had nothing else to insult me by so you chose the least important thing which is my grammar. Ok I did'nt know their was a grammar police in here. I'll make sure not to GIVE A FUCK next time either when I type away again.

  23. Anonymous

    This is bovine fecal matter. I hope this woman brakes the bank at Hooters. This racial discrimination pure and simple.

  24. Rosalie Chow

    When our hair turn white, that is not our natural hair. Would anyone be fired when hair turn white overnight. What about those who dyed their hair green, blue, red. That is even crazier. Don't just fire people who dye their hair. What is wrong with that? I hope she is going to win the case of discrimination.

  25. Anonymous

    Oh Puleeeeze..enough already!!! Is this because she is an African American woman??Huh? Leave it to the Inquisitir to Tabloid this story. Maybe they can text MSNBC and get them on the band wagon, in fact I'm sure MSNBC will. Go for it!!!

  26. Anonymous

    This is BS. There isn't anything "natural" about most of the women there. She is looking for a scapegoat to blame for her inability to be a basic waitress.

  27. Nancy Stephens-King

    No way do I believe this waitress was fired over a blond streak in her hair. Hooters, speak up! I detest the race card, and that is what is going on here.

  28. Monica Blackerby

    Hooters = wholesome & natural? What was the rep for Hooters smoking when they said that? LOL! Know your brand. It's a place for guys (or gals who like gals) to go ogle scantily clad, big bossom girls while indulging in cheap beer & wings, that's it. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but that's what it is. Not wholesome in theory or food ;)

  29. Kiesha BrightEyes Simmons

    I always make fun of ignorant dumb asses who don't realize that their grammar is positively atrocious, who think that all black people have the same financial situation and political standpoint, and who fail to realize that the majority of the people who receive government assistance are white and that the highest percentage for government assistance is in the red states (those are the Republican states, in case that was too complicated for you). I make fun of people who obviously didn't take the time to get an education and need to go back and get their reversed thinking in check because America does not need or want people like them. So check yourself Chantelle and learn how to spell in the process. You're an embarrassment to the American educational system.

  30. Tiffani Spice Sherrod

    I bet she wants to be black too lmao #pathetic #ignorant #GodBlessYou #imSureHellIsHot

  31. Cathy Craft

    I'm hoping more to this story . Depositions are for the truth so – if during depos after attorneys for both sides have sucked in Enid hours they'll turn to hooters and say " let's settle" she's got u by balls or " let's take her in n run her off" but – also the insurance on liability for lawsuits attorneys will step in so it'll prob rich a settlement . All I gotta say is – nothing is all natural sure but there's also a tacky/trashy look too .