A race and retaliation lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission involving a Metairie, Louisiana Hooters location. According to the EEOC's lawsuit, "Hooters subjected African American workers to a hostile work environment". The Metairie employees said "offensive and demeaning remarks" have been made towards them since 2017.

In addition, the lawsuit alleged that Hooters did not rehire any of their Black workers in 2020 after cuts were made due to the Pandemic. Allegedly, the restaurant only rehired the white employees. It's reported that no changes were made to their staffing choices or racial remarks even after receiving complaints from the laid-off employees.

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The Metairie Hooters location, according to the EEOC,  violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which clearly prohibits racial discrimination. As a result of this violation, they have reached a settlement that requires them to pay $650,000 in backpay and damages in order to resolve the race and retaliation lawsuit. In addition, Hooters will be mandated to "conduct training, revise policies, and provide regular reports to the EEOC".

We are pleased the EEOC and Hooters were able to quickly reach a resolution that is in the intrests of justice

Management at the Metairie Hooters on Veterans Boulevard said they had "no comment on the incident" according to WWL 4

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