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How old do you have to be to work at Hooters and Bone Daddy etc?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26783points) December 21st, 2009

If a 16yr old girl who gets a work permit could she get a part-time job at any of the brestauranta like Hooters, Bone Daddy, and Twin Peaks etc? If they did hire her, would it be legal or illegal for her to wear the standard garb, booty shorts, cropped halter, heels etc? Would you allow your daughter to pursue a job like that? And how do they get away without hiring any men not that a man would want to work there if he had to dress like the girls, and his tips would be #$%!*?

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MrItty's avatar

“Please apply in person at the location you are interested in working at for the following positions:

* Hooters Girl (females only need apply for position of Hooters Girl)
* Host/Hostess
* Staff/Service Bar
* Kitchen employee.

You must be at least 17 years old for hourly employment opportunities with Hooters of America, Inc. and at least 18 or 21 for the Hooters Girl position depending on local alcohol service laws.”

They hire plenty of men. Just not for waitstaff positions.

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

Because they serve alcohol, the minimum age is 18y.o. in serving positions. To use some of the equipment in the kitchen it is the same. At 16 the best one could expect would be dish washer.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

No I wouldn’t want my daughter to work there but I wouldn’t prevent her from doing so, if she is over 18 – if she is under I can still tell her ‘no’

jamcanfi74's avatar

I would think it would 18 for a server and 21 to serve alcohol

MrItty's avatar

@jamcanfi74 the servers do serve alcohol. Thus, it depends on the laws of the state in question, as the quote I posted explains.

J0E's avatar

Old enough to have hooters or to bone a… I think you get it.

jrpowell's avatar

Bone Daddy, seriously WTF? Are these common? ICK

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@johnpowell I guess some guys like getting their melons served under the melons of a skinky blonde….....

aprilsimnel's avatar

Twin? Peaks?

Oh, gawd…

I would imagine at a place like that you’ve got to be at least 18 to serve because of the alcohol.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@aprilsimnel Oh yeah, Twin Peaks and I really don’t think they are speaking of mountains a bastard baby of Hooters no doubt.

MrItty's avatar

@johnpowell I was curious too. Seems to be a local Texas chain of three or four restaurants.

YARNLADY's avatar

Bone Daddy refers to the food (ribs and steaks) and nothing else.

proXXi's avatar

Your breasts must be 18 years or older.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@MrItty Has there ever been a Hooters that had a male server and if not, how did they get away with that I wonder?

YARNLADY's avatar

@Hypocrisy_ “Central Bona fide occupational qualifications” means they can discriminate if there is a bona fide reason, just like the model industry doesn’t have to hire men to wear women’s designer clothing.

MrItty's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central no there has not. See the quote above. There servers are known as “Hooters girls”, and only females need apply. There is no law that states a company must make every position available to both genders. Only that they must provide equal employment opportunities. They hire plenty of men. There is also no law saying that a theater company has to hire an equal number of men and women for a specific role in a play.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@YARNLADY Soooooo….....if I opened a eatery called “Short Stack” etc I could get away with hiring only little people of that is the theme of the place, hiding the normal sized people in the kitchen and elsewhere? sratches chin

MrItty's avatar

You’re welcome to try suing over Gender Discrimination. It’s been done before. Some have even seen money from it.

MrItty's avatar

More information: It seems there is a legal concept known as “Bonafide Occupational Qualification” (BFQC), which states that employers are allowed to be discriminatory if the “essence of the business operation would be undermined if the business eliminated its discriminatory policy.”

Continuing the logic further – should Playboy also be forced to hire male models? Should strip clubs be forced to hire male strippers? Should the Rockettes be forced to hire male dancers?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@MrItty Amny guy who would want to be a Rockette I would say needs a good session with the shrink. Where is the line on this BFQC? If I had an eatery and called it Short Stack or Munchkins and the theme was smallness I could then have only those serving and greeting Little People or those 4ft 7in and shorter? Even pushing the line further if I themed the eatery with an African slant and called it African Pride BBQ and wanted the servers look like Zulu warriors I could hire only ripped young African American males not that it would be more fun than Hooter Girls I could actually get away with that? There has to be a line in the sand somewhere. eyes bulging

MrItty's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central I think the ‘shrink’ line could equally apply to any guy who wanted to be a Hooters Girl, in my opinion.

Lines have been drawn. They’ve been challenged. See the court cases above. In some cases, BFQC is not enough, and Hooters has settled to avoid a judgement against them.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@MrItty Well it points out 2 things, if you are Playboy or Sports Ilustrated you can probably get that to fly, if you are Hooters you better have really deep pockets to buy the plaintif off. I don’t ever think that guy wanted to be a Hooters Girl, BFQC is a nebulous ruling which most know little about if they even know it at all, and this guy knew it so he gamed the system for a big payday which seem to work for him like a charm; hoped he choked on the money or some Hooters Girl took him for a ride and left him broke.

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