Hooters employees made headlines last week as they spoke out on social media against new, smaller uniform shorts that rolled out in locations across the country. Servers and bartenders were largely against the idea of wearing the new shorts, which many compared to underwear.
Insider spoke with four current workers and one former worker in four states, whose names were withheld because they weren’t authorized to speak to media.
A waitress in Alabama said that when the shorts were first introduced at her restaurant, servers had to sign consent forms agreeing to wear the shorts or risk being sent home.
“When I first put the shorts on, I was like, all right, whatever. After wearing them for a few shifts with a little time to process, I realized how uncomfortable I felt,” she said.
Hooters, which has more than 400 locations across 42 states, is known for its wings and “Hooters Girls,” who are known for “glamorous styled hair, camera-ready make-up, and her fit body which all contribute to her confidence and poise,” a current job listing said. Workers have long worn revealing outfits, but now some say the new shorts are too far.
“My manager said I was wearing them wrong and that they needed to be pulled up on the sides to create a U shape like a smiley, which made them look even smaller,” another server in Florida said.
“These are not what I agreed to wear when I was hired,” a South Carolina bartender said, echoing the complaints that other workers shared with Insider. “There’s almost no bottom.”
“I feel like I’m working in my underwear,” said another worker, also in Florida. The new shorts make people “feel like they can comment on my body more,” the worker said.
Hooters of America, which did not respond to requests for further comment, said it would get employees’ input in future uniform changes.
Source: Business Insider