Joselyn Izurieta Ulloa (pictured), 25, a Hispanic woman who lives in Long Island, said she was fired from the Hooters restaurant where she worked on February 8 after managers found out she was pregnant
A Hooters bar & grill on Long Island, New York is being accused of discrimination by a former waitress who says she was fired from the racy restaurant after announcing she was pregnant.
Joselyn Izurieta Ulloa, 25, who is Hispanic and lives on Long Island, filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights on Friday after being fired from the Hooters franchise in Farmingdale, New York on February 8.
She claims to have told them she was pregnant a week earlier on February 1, according to the New York Daily News.
Ulloa also claims Tony Ferro, the white general manager at the Hooters where she worked for about 15 months, showed preferential treatment to his white waitresses, who Ulloa claims were exclusively chosen to service rich, white clients during special events like golf outings.
In July 2018, Joselyn asked a boss, “Why are there only white girls on schedule for the golf promos?”‘.
A manager allegedly said: ‘Because golf promos are full of old, white men with money who are only attracted to ‘open-minded’ white girls and I need to keep business running.’
“He said it as a joke. It’s not a joke,” Izurieta told the Daily News.
Ulloa’s attorney Dave Rosenberg told DailyMail.com on Tuesday: ‘The “open-mindedness,” my client wasn’t interested in that. She just wanted to wait tables.’
Managers at the Hooters restaurant in Farmingdale, New York (pictured) have also been accused of sexually harassing and showing preferential treatment to white waitresses
During another alleged incident in June 2018, Ulloa claims another Hispanic waitress was reduced to tears after being yelled at and called a ‘c**t and a little Spanish b***h’ by a white male customer who worked for a local fire department.
The manager on duty allegedly refused to hold the bigot accountable.
Ulloa also claimed she saw another manager grope and fondle her white co-workers.
The former waitress’s attorney said her position at Hooters was terminated less than a week after her bosses found out she was pregnant on February 2.
‘She goes back to work on February 8 and Ferro said, “Why are you here? You got a bad complaint from a customer. I have to terminate you,”‘ Rosenberg said.
‘My client denies this ever happened. But other waitresses have gotten bad reviews and were not fired for it.’
Hooters of America LLC’s Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President Claudia Levitas said the company has ‘very strict policies prohibiting harassment or discrimination of any kind,’ but declined to comment on Ulloa’s specific allegations.
The company told the New York Daily News it was investigating the matter.
A man answering the phone at Hooters in Farmingdale who said he was one of the restaurant’s managers also declined to comment on the allegations.