Auburn Hooters: Selling Sex and Wings? - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

East Alabama

Auburn Hooters: Selling Sex and Wings?

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Uptown Columbus previews fall event series

    Uptown Columbus previews fall event series

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:53:00 GMT
    There will be plenty to do in Uptown Columbus this fall. Uptown Columbus announced their fall event series on Tuesday. Some events will be coming back this season, such as "Blues, Brew And Q," the popular
    More >>
    There will be plenty to do in Uptown Columbus this fall. Uptown Columbus announced their fall event series on Tuesday. Some events will be coming back this season, such as "Blues, Brew And Q," the popular concert series and the continuation of Saturday Market Days. More >>
  • St. Francis Hospital takes Ice Bucket Challenge

    St. Francis Hospital takes Ice Bucket Challenge

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:53:00 GMT
    St. Francis Hospital in Columbus is taking part in the challenge. On Tuesday, President and CEO Robert Granger and other members of the hospital's leadership team stood by as the ice cold water streamed
    More >>
    St. Francis Hospital in Columbus is taking part in the challenge. On Tuesday, President and CEO Robert Granger and other members of the hospital's leadership team stood by as the ice cold water streamed down their backs.More >>
  • Examining race relations in Columbus

    Examining race relations in Columbus

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:34:03 GMT
    The Missouri crisis is rekindling a debate in America: race relations between blacks and the men and women in blue. News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles hit the streets to find out how African American men in
    More >>
    The Missouri crisis is rekindling a debate in America: race relations between blacks and the men and women in blue. News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles hit the streets to find out how African American men in this community see the issue. More >>

Is the Hooters restaurant in Auburn trying to sell more than just wings? A former assistant manager claims a corporate trainer used raunchy language when telling waitresses to get more money from customers by performing sexual acts.  When he reported the alleged incident to his boss, the assistant manager claims, he was fired.

A bright orange Hooters sign beckons customers on College street to come inside, enjoy the food and the friendly service. Hooters waitresses are famous for being young, pretty and in good enough shape to wear tight tank tops and tiny orange shorts. But Jarman Gray, a former assistant manager at Auburn Hooters, says in February of last year a female cooperate trainer encouraged the waitresses to take their sexy act, all the way.

"She was brought in to boost moral for the girls to increase sales and merchandise things along those lines, at this one particular meeting she decided to tell all the girls that if they needed to make extra money that they needed to essentially whore themselves out," said Gray.

Gray told News Leader 9 he was standing next to the female trainer when she spoke with 15 female employees. Court documents, detailing the incident, are extremely graphic and NewsLeader 9 has decided not to broadcast those specific details.

Gray said after the meeting several of the waitresses came up to him expressing their disgust at the trainers language and her suggestion that they prostitute themselves to make money.

"The comments were along the lines of, I work here as a waitress I'm not a prostitute, I'm not here to sell my body, a lot of them were just in shock," said Gray.

Gray immediately reported to the incident to Hooters of America Corporate office. The Corporate Franchise Director told Gray to speak with the owner of the restaurant, Darrell Spikes. Four days after the incident, Gray met with Spikes.

"I explained the situation and he told me he was top dog and that I had went over his head and I was no longer employed with Hooters," Gray claimed.

The 27-year old is now suing, for sexual harrassment and retaliation. The suit has been filed in in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Allen Arnold, of Arendall and Associates of Birmingham is representing Gray.

"If a person reports something wrong then they need protection, Tittle 7 of the Civil Rights act of 1964 is provided for such protection, and we feel like Mr. Gray had his rights violated and has been wrongfully terminated," said Arnold.

 Late Wednesday Darrell Spikes sent News Leader 9 this statement:

"There are currently untrue allegations being made by Jarman Gray, a former employee of a Hooters Franchisee, Alabama Wings, LLC involving his departure from employment with the Hooters Restaurant in Auburn Alabama. Mr. Gray was employed as a cook by the Auburn Hooters location for less than a year before he abandoned his job in February. Alabama Wings disputes the validity of the allegations being made and asserts that Mr. Gray abandoned his position and was not terminated. The alleged comments were made by a visiting employee from the Albany Georgia Hooters location which is owned by the same franchisee. There is no involvement of a "corporate trainer" or anyone from Atlanta-based Hooters of America, Inc. Hooters of America and the company-owned locations in and around the metro Atlanta area are not involved in this matter in any way. Hooters of America, Inc and its franchisees are committed to providing all employees with a harassment free work environment and finds the allegations involved in this matter repulsive. The allegations in no way reflect the proud image of the Hooters concept and they do a disservice to the more than 15,000 women employed world wide as Hooters Girls. Clearly the erroneous language used in the complaint is intended to garner media attention."

According to Jarman Gray several of the waitresses who were told to use sex to get money also notified Hooters Coorperate in Atlanta. However, none of the women were fired. Gray said he is positive the waitresses will testify on his behalf.

Stay Tuned to News Leader 9 for the very latest information.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.