Hooters backtracks after employees blast ‘disturbing’, ‘sexist’ new uniforms
American restaurant chain Hooters, infamous for requiring its female staff members to wear short shorts and low cut tops, has received considerable backlash over its new uniform, which has been likened to underwear by staff.
Hooters has now said that it will allow its employees to chose which uniform they would prefer to wear after several female staff members took to social media to criticise the new clothing.
The new staff uniform lead to concerns from female employees over the length of the shorts they were being asked to wear, prompting a number of women to take to TikTok to share their ire.
“Love my job but don’t love wearing undies to work,” one Hooters employee wrote in a viral TikTok video that has been viewed nearly 15 million times.
@sick.abt.itlove my job but dont love wearing undies to work ☠️ ##hootersgirl @Kirsten 🙂♬ Jenna_Did_it – Chy
Another TikTok user told her followers, “this is not what I agreed to wear a year ago when I was hired.”
Hooters has since backtracked on the new uniform, with a spokesperson telling Insider that employees could choose whether to wear their new uniform or its previous iteration.
“[As] we continue to listen and update the image of the Hooters Girls, we are clarifying that they have the option to choose from traditional uniforms or the new ones. They can determine which style of shorts best fits their body style and personal image,” they said.
In a further statement cited by the Independent, a spokesperson highlighted that the shorts were “the result of a collaboration with Hooters Girls and have been worn for months in several Texas markets with overwhelmingly positive feedback.”