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Sandra Lupo, a 27-year old who worked at a Hooters in St. Peters, Missouri since 2005, has filed a lawsuit against that restaurant chain due to what she believes was unfair treatment following surgery for a cranial mass.

Lupo says she was cleared to return to work last July, only for her manager to say she had to don a wig during her shifts.

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According to court documents, she replied that “she did not have a wig and that she could not afford a wig, as they range in cost between several hundred and several thousands of dollars.”

The restaurant made no offer to pay for the item and after Lupo borrowed one, she told her boss that it “caused extreme stress to her body because of the surgery and the healing wound.”

From there, Lupo asserts that her hours were cut to the point where she was not making enough income to pay for nursing school.

She was forced to resign and therefore was made ineligible for unemployment benefits.

“Hooters of America believes the lawsuit is without foundation, denies the accusations and has filed a motion that the lawsuit be dismissed,” a spokesman said  in an email to ABC News.

Lupo, however, is referencing The Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals due to a disability.