African-American Waitress: Hooters Fired Me for Blonde Highlights!

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Baltimore resident Farryn Johnson has filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights after she was fired from her job as a waitress at Hooters.

The 25-year old says she lost her job due to the color her hair.

Johnson told a CBS News affiliate that management ordered her to remove her blonde highlights because they were giving off an "improper image." She refused and was subsequently shown the door.

"They specifically said, 'Black women don't have blonde in their hair, so you need to take it out,'" Johnson told CBS, adding:

"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. 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."

Jessica Weber is representing Farryn and said in a statement:

"The law is clear that employers can't have two separate unequal sets of rules - one for African-Americans employees and one for everybody else, and yet that's exactly what Hooters did here in firing Miss Johnson, an African-American employee solely because she's African-American.

"They targeted her because of her hair solely because of her race."

Due to the pending litigation, Hooters says it has not comment at this time on the allegation.

In August 2012, Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came under fire when some African-Americans called her hair out for not representing their race well.

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Hooters is very strict and forthcoming with their policies when you are hired and you sign something stating that you understand that the uniform requirements are taken very seriously and that failure to adhere to them can result in termination. They want women to look natural, but enhanced. Hair color shouldn't be more than two shades from your natural color and I don't know many African-Americans that naturally have blonde hair, although Caucasian women do seem to have more of a wide range of colors naturally. I worked at a Hooters where three Caucasian women were threatened with losing their jobs if they didn't get rid of the underneath dark hair with blonde on top, which was a horrible fad a few years ago. They don't just target one group.

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@ JennaP

In all fairness though, I might add that I am not familiar with that store in particular, and they very well could be targeting one group. With THAT said....these days people sure are quick to sue over race issues so who the hell knows.

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AND ??? THAT'S THE CRIME OF DEBASING THE DIGNITY OF WHITE PEOPLE ....

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How bout me? Got fired because of wearing a skinny jeans. And to think I'm not the only one who wore it.

Maraudergirl1998

All she did was get highlights...I don't see what the big deal was. I mean if there were other women in there with different highlights/hair colors then what difference would it make for her to dye her hair? Seems a little weird that, that's the only reason they fired her.

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Omg are they serious who cares what she did it's just fucken dye it's not like it was pink or orange it was blonde and natural black or no black that is just very rude I feel bed for her

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umm...they fired you cause you butt ugly beyotch!

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Yoh, you are all just plain racist. Im not black, white, hispanic, asian, indian or anytthing else. My people don't have that category so we don't look for things in other races.

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wrong,she was fired for getting caught sucking a white man's c!ck in the bathroom of the establishment.

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That's raaaaaaacist (wish I had that meme of that kid eating watermelon and yelling that). That girl should just get a wig, weave or extensions like other black women. The Brillo pad look is not in now and they have plenty of EBT money for fake hair.

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@ Socrates

Shut up jealous white women

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Suppose out of the blue it were possible that we meet and fall in love, we then become intimate which results in a pregnancy would you try and convince me to get rid of it or would you help me with raising said child. I only ask because you keep bringing up the race issue, and you know exactly who and what I am. Color me curious. Do you have what it takes to be honest with me.

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@ Ponder This Mr.S from Light Br

Honesty/ the two will not meet and fall in love. In another place & time.... But this is not another place and time. Odd that a person would ask such a question in this place & time. That's not saying there is not a genuine compassion. Honesty can be painful but to be honest with ones self is the only way to ease the pain. Race is an issue everyone avoids but it is in the forefront of almost every decision they make. Look around you- it's obvious, that's if your honest with what you are seeing. Nite