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Man Filed Sex Discrimination Against Hooters

December 24, 1993

CHICAGO (AP) _ Hooters, a restaurant company known for its scantily-clad waitresses, has been accused of sex discrimination - by a man.

The lawsuit alleges Hooters has a nationwide policy of refusing to hire men for jobs visible to patrons, such as waiters, hosts and bartenders.

Savino Latuga sued Thursday in federal court in Chicago, saying he had applied in January for a job as a waiter at a Hooters restaurant then opening in suburban Orland Park.

The lawsuit says Latuga never heard back from the company.

Latuga sought class-action status for the lawsuit, alleging that other men who have applied to Hooters across the country have been turned down.

The suit names Hooters of Clearwater Inc., the Florida company that owns the chain’s Chicago-area restaurants, but not Hooters of America Inc., the Atlanta-based chain.

A receptionist at the company’s Florida headquarters said no one would be available for comment until Monday.

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