HR Strange But True!
April 20, 2006

A former assistant manager at a Hooters restaurant in Auburn, Alabama, says a female colleague gave waitresses an unusual tip during training.

Jarman Gray, who has filed a lawsuit against the Auburn restaurant, says that a "visiting training manager" said if waitresses needed extra money, they should perform sexual acts on customers "if the money is right."

Gray alleges that the woman repeated the comments a couple of times and that some waitresses approached him to do something about the behavior.

In the lawsuit, a copy of which the Smoking Gun has posted on its website, Gray says that when he called the corporate office to complain about the trainer's behavior, the corporate office directed him to discuss his complaint with the franchise owner. When he did, the franchise owner fired Gray for contacting the corporate office, the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit alleges the restaurant subjected Gray to a hostile work environment and retaliation in violation of federal law. Gray is seeking front pay, back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages.

In a letter to WTVM-TV (Columbus, Georgia), the franchise owner disputes the allegations, saying Gray abandoned his position at the restaurant.

Sources: The Smoking Gun and WTVM-TV

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