The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the discrimination suit Tuesday against Hooters of America, Inc. on behalf of Melissa Vicari, a 30-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis. Vicari says Hooters refused to accomodate her illness despite receiving medical clearance from her doctor. The shorter shifts she requested would be given to other waitresses.
Because Vicari suffers from MS, some of her symptoms include fatigue, muscle numbness and pain. Before she was fired, Vicari says Hooters demoted her from a waitress to a hostess, which put more strain on her body because she was never allowed to sit down.
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