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Oppression of injured workers
Posted by Envirogirl on 10/05/2009
DESTIN, FLORIDA -- I am a 35yr old single mother/widow. In April of 2009, I took a part-time job at Hooters to supplement my income. I was injured on the job, and refused the right to file an incident report-on three different occasions. Finally, I had to file my own report with the bureau of workers comp. I have been injured since April of 2009, it is now October Hooters has refused to release my last pay check that I was on the clock for. They have also refused to pay for any of my medical bills/or treatments.

I am still injured and after the opinion of two different specialists, the conclusion is that I am in need of surgery to repair my ankle. The surgery is necessary-if not performed in a timely manner, there is great possibility of losing the use of my foot.

One of my managers at Hooters used profain language with me following the injury while I was making my third attempt at filling out an incident report.

After being shifted from one insurance company to another, I finally found the correct insurance carrier for Hooters, FFVA. The representative at FFVA, has refused to release any medical care for me other than an mri, and one doctor who looked at my face, (not my injured ankle) and said that there was nothing wrong with me???

Since then, I have been fighting for this necessary surgery, what they call an authorized dr, although I have a specialist authorized by my state, and any medical cost reinbursement for treatments/medicine/visits.

I have received nothing from Hooters or FFVA except one MRI, and one Dr. who refused to look at my injured limb.

I need help-I am too young to lose the use of my foot, and my spring, summer, and fall have been ruined for not only me, but my son.

I am not asking for a law suit-I am asking for necessary medical treatment, and reinbursed so that I can repair my now ruined credit.

Can anyone help me?

     
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Posted by MSCANTBEWRONG on 2009-10-05:
If you are being treated in this manner now, your best bet is to hire an attorney and sue them for medical bills, pain and suffering, and any additional pay checks you have outstanding. Also sue for court costs. Good luck to you!
Posted by clutzycook on 2009-10-05:
I second what Mscantbewrong said. You've given them ample time to make things right. If you have evidence that you've been treated this way, get a lawyer and take 'em to court. A decent lawyer will not ask for any money up front.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-10-05:
By "and refused the right to file an incident report-on three different occasions." do you mean you refused to file an incident report, or were denied the right to file an incident report? That's going to make a big difference here.
Posted by Skye on 2009-10-05:
Yes, please contact an attorney asap. They work on contingency, for workmans comp. cases.

Ridiculous, just ridiculous of Hooters. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
Posted by envirogirl on 2009-10-06:
when I said refused to file an incident report, i was referring to I tried to file an incident report on three different occasions, with 2 separate managers. They flat out refused to allow me the form to fill out the incident report.

The last attempt that I made, the manager actually used foul language and told me "This is bs, I'm not giving you an incident report, and maybe next time you'll learn your lesson."

That's what I mean.

As for finding a lawyer, I did, however, it seems that he is not getting things accomplished. If anyone knows any good ones please let me know.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-06:
Environ, doesn't Hooters have a home office? Could you not have contacted them? You also need to contact and file a complaint with the wage and labor board. And get a lawyer and sue them.

IF....your injury was not your own negligence. If you are at fault, it is on you. If it was a reasonable accident, then it is on them.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-10-06:
Thanks for clearing it up enviro, you're completely right then. Being refused to file an incident report is a big no no, and I'd seek legal help.
Posted by envirogirl on 2009-10-07:
Yes thank you, just to clear it up, no the injury was not at all my fault. In fact I even contacted osha about the matter since others were being injured for the same reason. They did after my contacting osha fix the hazardous conditions. I just cannot get any help.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-10-07:
good luck

i'd suggest the attorney or the labor board
especially since they're holding your check
Posted by envirogirl on 2009-10-08:
thank you, i will try the labor board. i have since sought an attorney, i'm just not sure it's working out
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Distasteful!
Posted by Buckeyemom2006 on 07/14/2008
Our area Hooters restaurant was a participant in our townships annual July 4th parade. This is a family event and hundreds line the streets to watch. Well Hooters passed out "I love Hooters" stickers to all the children along the parade route. I quickly gathered all my children's and neighbors children's and threw them in the trash.

This was not suitable for children and thankfully the weather was on the cooler side that day and the Hooter girls were dressed in orange wind suits instead of their normal uniform.

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
I thought Hooters logo was advertising an owl. :)
Posted by MRM on 2008-07-14:
Hubba! Hubba!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
this is why i stay in California.

NH!
Posted by dan gordon on 2008-07-14:
you sound like a moralistic biggot. The people were dressed appropriately according to you, but in your infinite wisdom Hooters should not be allowed to give out stickers????????Better Ronald McDonald give out candy? That would be a better indoctrination for the children?
Posted by spiderman2 on 2008-07-14:
I hope your neighbors don't mind that you threw their children in the trash. Shame on you!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
We must protect the children from Hooters and the Hooter's philosophy. As a Dad I do everything in my power to keep my daughters off the pole. I don't need my girls enticed by the likes of Hooters. It's hard enough these days so come on now and help a fellow out.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2008-07-14:
It's OK Spiderman2 - she threw her own children in the trash as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
What a disgusting person the OP is. Just because they don't appreciate a good restaurant they toss out perfectly good children. I think someone ought to inform the police about this horrendous case of child abuse.
Posted by dan gordon on 2008-07-14:
its always for the chiiiiiiiilllllllldren! Who else must you protect them from?????? Hooters are owls is that so hard to explain????By taking away the stickers etc you make more of an issue about it then if you ignored it.
Posted by Ponie on 2008-07-14:
What a hoot! NH
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
C'mon people, be nice! The OP has a right to express her opinion and she is not a bigot for being upset about stickers being handed out to children. I agree that that was a poor decision on Hooters part.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-07-14:
Most of those children's Daddies probably go to Hooters.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-07-14:
Anyway...I have to agree with the poster on this one...there's a time and a place for everything...and they shouldn't be handing out advertisment like that to kids who aren't even old enough to support their business.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
basher is correct. My back sliding ways have landed me in a hooters from time to time. I pray for strength but them hooters gots a powerful hold on me. I always repent though by visiting a dairy queen thereafter. I only hope my babies never discover my hooters shame. Good answer basher.
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-07-14:
the entire aspect of hooters is distasteful anyways.

i would agree with the poster on this one! had it been warmer, i am sure the hooters girls would be barely legally covered.


you did good by tossoing out the lame stickers.

of course, men and lesbians love hooters .......

Posted by Ponie on 2008-07-14:
'the entire aspect of hooters is distasteful...' Now, what's distasteful about those delicious ribs and wings? On the plate, that is.
Posted by dan gordon on 2008-07-14:
just curious how the OP knew what the 'regular uniform" normally would be? She probably had to research Hooters to protect the children
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
Hooters is at Angel's games giving out free wings under the Big "A". You think for one second 50,000 people (some with children) could give a rat's behind? Nope, they want a Hooter girl to serve them some wings! And the kid's always seem to worm their way to the front somehow.
Posted by heaven17 on 2008-07-14:
Apparently HOOTERS markets to kids all the time. Saw a little girl - 3 years old maybe? - wearing a HOOTERS T-shirt a few months ago and I did a doubletake. I'm pretty open-minded and all, but that's just kinda wrong considering the theme of these restaurants...
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
its too bad people can't get over their own insecurities.Its a restaraunt that happens to employ hot chicks.Get over it,and please stay away.

Posted by woodsk1 on 2008-07-14:
And if they did not participate in the community parade, people would say they are not doing their part.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
Sound advice Steve, that way we won't have to wait as long for a table.
Posted by Ponie on 2008-07-14:
I'm with Steve. I once had to wait for 20 minutes until a table with two adults and four kids at it cleared.

Aw, cm'on, heaven. What's their 'theme.' They have menus just like Smith & Wolensky. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
I hear ya Super
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
I heard a commercial that their wings are bigger now.We have two Hooters here in the Sacto area,and are always packed.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-07-14:
Two Hooters are better than one...
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
the more the merrier
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
I still don't see how these hooter tramps are appropriate for the celebration of the day of our countries independence from harsh rule and religious tyranny. The fourth of July is about FREEDOM.
Posted by MRM on 2008-07-14:
LMD, we have the freedom of oogling at these fine sexy ladies! If you were single, you will understand what I mean.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
Ive never met a Hooters girl that didn't love America.
Posted by ChuhBaca on 2008-07-14:
That's great! I love my country! The freedom to open such an establishment and the freedom to gripe about it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
I never met a Hooter's Girl I did't like.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
In Oklahoma we have more than a few chunky Hootter girls. I guess that's to be expected in the land of the chubby chasers.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-14:
no such thing as a chunky hooters girl in California,we like em hot
Posted by DBone on 2008-07-14:
If a well endowed woman works at HOOTERs, does that mean the one legged woman works at IHOP?
Posted by Principissa on 2008-07-14:
Hubby and I have been to Hooters. They have good chicken wings. And this really yummy buffalo shrimp. Far as handing the stickers to kids, probably not a good idea.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-07-14:
Stew: The fourth of July is about FREEDOM.
So is bra burning...NOW do you see the connection?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-07-14:
Yeah Princi...Hubby is going for their wings...yeah *wink*
Posted by yoke on 2008-07-15:
The op has some issues with owls.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-07-15:
I do a lot of things and go a lot of places with hubby that normal wives don't go. Hubby paid for my first ever lap dance! It was pretty neat yet weird in a way. Hubby can look at whatever he wants, I know he's coming home with me at night (when he's not at work), sides what I got according to him is 10x better than any plastic surgeon could ever give a hooter's girl! :)
Posted by slingingPeter on 2008-08-12:
Hooters often sponsors community events. They also donate money to various charities like childrens homes and breast cancer awareness. The Hooters Community Endowment Fund has touched many lives that would serverly disagree with you.
Posted by Tall Shopper on 2011-02-10:
The Hooters in my area has special children's birthday parties and charity events. On Sundays kids get to eat free when they come in with their parents. Local little league teams as well as girl scout troops sometimes go to Hooters. Hooters is very "kid friendly" so it certainly does seem odd that you took the stickers away from children at the parade. Our local church group even had a meeting there, so it's hardly offensive.
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