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February 11, 2004

The school board in Effingham County, Ga., has deemed the Hooters restaurant chain an inappropriate environment for high school work-study students.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the ruling came after student Laura Williams took a job as a hostess at the local Hooters. School officials raised questions about the potential sexual exploitation of young women at a business whose logo is based on women's breast and where most female employees are dressed in tight shorts and T-shirts.

When administrators told Williams that her job did not qualify for the work-study program, she and her father appealed to the school board. The Williamses and Aaron Sharp, general manager of the restaurant, argued there is nothing inappropriate about Hooters. As a hostess, Laura does not wear provocative attire, said her father, Larry. He even showed school officials photographs of families visiting the restaurant.

But the board sided with the administrators. "This infuriates me," Larry Williams said. He threatened legal action.

Superintendent Michael Moore said afterward that policies governing work-study programs are being reviewed and may be modified to prevent similar situations. "As far as I am concerned, (Laura) is an outstanding young lady and she can work anywhere she wants,'' Moore said. "We are not judging anyone. But it was the board's decision that Hooters is not an acceptable extension of the classroom.''

Source: Savannah Morning News

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