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Should Hooters Waitresses Have to Pay For Their Own Uniforms?

Hooters is one of the rare establishments where the workers' uniforms are more famous than the food. In some states, employees are required to cover the bill for their orange outfits, but New York isn't one of those places. That's why two New York women are suing Hooters for forcing them to buy their own work wardrobes.

Gina Rosati and Amy Frederick say Hooters required them to buy the getup, and their lawyer says it's against state law to make employees purchase anything other than street clothes. The total for each uniform is $19.45, broken down below. What do you think; should the ladies be responsible for the job-related expenses?

  • $5.45 for orange hot pants
  • $6 for the Hooters embellished tank top
  • $3.25 for a pouch
  • $2.50 for "suntan" pantyhose
  • $2.25 for thick white socks
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justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
No way! Nobody should have to pay for their work uniform!
JessRose JessRose 7 years
I agree with Jennibean5 also. Waste of taxpayer money.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I agree... "This lawsuit should be thrown out and they should have to pay for wasting tax payer money!"
hartsfull hartsfull 7 years
I also agree w/ Jennibean! :D
hartsfull hartsfull 7 years
I agree it's a frivolous lawsuit. If they don't like paying for their unforms apply elsewhere. If they had to buy street clothes for work the outfit would cost more than 2o bucks.
weffie weffie 7 years
That's nothing to complain about... In Canada, Hooters girls pay for their uniforms and they pay a lot more! The nylons alone are $5, the shorts and shirts are like $15 or $20. Plus they have to buy black shorts & shirts for Fridays & Saturdays, and $45 football jerseys for NFL games. I work at a lounge where our uniform shirts range from $15-30 and it's never been an issue, I think these girls should stfu and work somewhere else!
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
This lawsuit should be thrown out and they should have to pay for wasting tax payer money!
MollyK8 MollyK8 7 years
Is this seriously a topic of discussion??
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
Quite frankly, I earned so much money in tips there that I could have cared less about shelling out for a couple of pair of shorts and a couple of pair of tanktops. The thing that really hurt were the hose... I would get runs in them all the time from the rough pine tables and walls. I remember them being $5 a pop though (I almost bought a pair a shift).
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
pepper, you're actually not allowed to wear the uniform outside of work. it's in the contract you have to sign. *no, i never worked there, but i was recruited once and as a poor college student, def. looked into it.
mek123 mek123 7 years
If the company requires an uniform with a logo, the employer should pay for it. I wish I could get work to pay for my clothes but I wear "street" clothes.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Those uniforms are totally gross. When would you ever want to be seen in that outfit outside of a job at Hooters? Or in a a job anywhere, for that matter? No one should be paying for them.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Why are they complaining? That is so inexpensive!! I worked for a pool company that took uniform costs out of their employee's first paychek. Bathing suits, sweatshirts, tshirts shorts. . .it ads up to $80+ quickly.
katie225 katie225 7 years
i had a friend who worked at ruby's diner here in so cal, and they made her pay for her uniform. this was maybe 7 years ago, though, i don't know if the rules changed. i don't think this is any different than me buying my own work clothes, which are much more expensive, btw. i WISH i could just pay $20 for my work clothes!
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
Like the law says, Hooters should pay for anything with their logo on it, but I suppose the girls should have to pay for the pantyhose and socks since those are technically street clothes.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ha, GlowingMoon, I was thinking the same thing...she doesn't have the huge boobs that most of the waitresses have. Hooters should pay for the uniform, considering it's their policy that the workers dress that way. The lab I work in doesn't REQUIRE that I wear scrubs, so they don't reimburse me for them, but since I choose to wear them, I pay for them.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No, it's illegal. Is that a real Hooter's waitress in the pic?? She's pretty, but I thought a Hooter's waitress would need to be more well-endowed? Just thinking out loud.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
but, i should add, they should only get a certain number of uniforms in a time span. if you keep having to buy new stuff, because you ruin everything, you should have to pay for it
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
if they have to wear it, the company should buy it.
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