A wing and a prayer: ex-Hooters girl's suit accuses famed wing eatery of improper pay practices

By John Suayan | Jan 2, 2019


HOUSTON – A former Hooters Girl has brought a federal lawsuit against the famed chicken wing restaurant, stating the eatery allegedly maintained several illegal policies and practices that deprive her and similarly employed women of minimum and overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Recent Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas records show that Destiny Mireles initiated legal action on behalf of herself and others against Hooters of America, LLC and Restaurant Holder LLC, doing business as Hooters, on Dec. 28, 2018.

The defendants employed Mireles at their Baytown location for about six months last year.

According to Mireles, she and other Hooters Girls regularly worked non-overtime and overtime hours without properly compensating them.

Hooters purportedly “failed to pay the Hooters Girls the federal minimum wage of at least $7.25 an hour, and the defendants cannot rely on the tip-credit exception because they failed to provide proper tip-credit notice and they failed to abide by the tip-credit requirements.”

The respondents are also accused of requiring the waitresses to regularly perform tasks unrelated to tip-production and off-the-clock work.

Consequently, Mireles seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Dennis A. Clifford of The Clifford Law Firm, PLLC in Houston is representing the plaintiff.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-4846

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