Today's The Anniversary Of When Hooter Got Sued Over Not Having Waiters


Man time flies! Back in 1997, three men applied to be servers at a Hooters in the Chicago area. When they were inevitably rejected, they filed a gender discrimination lawsuit. It turned into a class action lawsuit. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission briefly got involved and told Hooters they should hire male servers . . . which the chain shrugged off and made fun of! Then the EEOC decided they were too busy to mess around with Hooters and moved on. The lawsuit continued. Ultimately, the cash grab worked as intended. On this day in 1997, the three men each took settlements of around $19,000 and Hooters paid out $3.75 million to others affected by their gender-based server hiring policy. (Quite a bit of that was lawyer fees.) But the big part of the settlement for Hooters was . . . they could keep on only hiring female servers as long as they hired people for other jobs around the restaurant with no gender bias. If we didn't have that lawsuit, would we ever get the classic comedy sketch from Amy Shumer and the fictitious OH, NUTTERS restaurant? If it's been a while, check it out here:


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