The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 13, 2013

Civil suit filed against Hooters

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— A Raleigh County man has filed a civil suit in Raleigh Circuit Court against Hooters of Beckley, alleging that the restaurant violated the Human Rights Act.

Theodore Green, who was employed as an assistant manager, is black, according to the lawsuit, filed by Charleston attorney Paul Stroebel.

According to Green, a general manager had referred him for a promotion, and he was overlooked several times.

Later, when he asked for a promotion, Green alleges that a second manager told him that Hooters had never had a black manager and wasn’t going to start with Green.

When Green reported the unfair treatment to his supervisor in March, the suit alleges, he was fired as a form of retaliation.

The suit names Hooters of Beckley, Happy Owl of Beckley, Hooters of America, Cornett Hospitality LCC and John Doe as defendants.

Green asked for an unspecified amount in damages from the establishment, which markets itself as a “family restaurant.”

Hooters — an Atlanta-based chain restaurant and bar — has been the subject of several civil rights violations lawsuits around the country since 1994.

— Jessica Farrish