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John Stossel: When Sexism Claims Are a Real Hoot
Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 28, 2006 | John Stossel

Posted on 06/28/2006 11:56:16 AM PDT by RWR8189

You've probably heard of Hooters -- the restaurant chain known for attracting male customers by hiring waitresses who are well-endowed and dressed to show it.

The firm now employs more than 30,000 people. Some would consider this a success story, but our government didn't. Not because Hooters is using sex to sell -- but because its waitresses are -- get ready -- women!

"Discrimination!" cried the federal government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The business of Hooters is food, said the government, and "no physical trait unique to women is required to serve food." EEOC lawyers demanded Hooters produce all its hiring data, and then grilled Hooters for four years. Mike McNeil, Hooters' vice president of marketing, told "20/20" the EEOC bureaucrats demanded to look at reams of paperwork. "Employee manuals, training manuals, marketing manuals -- virtually everything that's involved in how we run our business . . . "

The EEOC then issued a set of demands. First, it defined a class of disappointed males who had not been hired by the company. The EEOC said, according to McNeil: "We want you to establish a $22-million fund for this mythical 'class' of dissuaded male applicants. We want you to conduct sensitivity training studies to teach all of your employees to be more sensitive to the needs of men."

I suspect Hooters' customers are mostly men who think the firm is quite sensitive to their needs, thank you -- and that there would indeed be a class of disappointed males if the government insisted men do the jobs of Hooters girls.

Typically, companies assaulted by EEOC lawyers just pay up to avoid ruinous legal fees, but Hooters fought back, cleverly, not just in court, but in the court of public opinion. Hooters waitresses marched on Washington, chanting, "Save our jobs." A burly Hooters manager dressed as a Hooters waitress posed for cameras, beard and all, demonstrating what a "Hooters Guy" might look like.

That was a hoot, and it may have worked. Lawyers representing male applicants accepted an out-of-court settlement of $3.75 million, a fraction of the $22 million that had been demanded. The EEOC dropped its demands for sensitivity training; Hooters agreed to create more jobs like busboys and managers, which didn't have to be performed by women.

Sears found itself in the EEOC's cross hairs because more men than women held jobs selling things like lawn mowers and appliances. The disparate numbers themselves were proof, said the government, that Sears discriminated against women.

Sears denied discriminatiing: "We asked women to do those jobs. It's just that few women want to sell things like lawn mowers."

Is that too politically incorrect a concept for government lawyers to get? Men and women do have different interests. Go to any Wal-Mart and you'll see women looking at clothes, men in the hardware department. There are exceptions, of course, but the sexes do tend to have different interests.

More men selling lawn mowers and more women selling cosmetics does not imply evil discrimination that requires armies of lawyers from the State. Show me women who want to sell lawn mowers but are being required to sell cosmetics instead -- or men who want to sell cosmetics but have to sell lawn mowers -- and we have grounds for discussion. But if the women choose the cosmetics counter, any discrimination is their own.

The EEOC was unable to produce any women who would complain that they'd been discriminated against, so Sears finally won the suit. The $20 million the litigation cost was passed on to us customers.

Have these and other EEOC excesses embarrassed the government into shrinking the EEOC? Of course not. It now has 2,400 employees, and spent $326.8 million in 2005 -- millions more than the year before. Government keeps growing, and as it grows, it feeds on our money, erodes our freedom and defies our common sense.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eeoc; feminazis; govwatch; hooters; johnstossel; mdm; politicalcorrectness; sears; sexism; stossel
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1 posted on 06/28/2006 11:56:19 AM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189
I agree. Its time the government stopped marching to the feminazis' drumbeat and got a life!

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

2 posted on 06/28/2006 11:59:02 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189

Can't wait to see men filing lawsuits to get jobs selling cosmetics at Macy's.....


3 posted on 06/28/2006 11:59:29 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Zarqawi died, liberals cried....)
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To: RWR8189

"Check, please!"

4 posted on 06/28/2006 11:59:37 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Just another evil conservative)
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To: RWR8189


5 posted on 06/28/2006 12:00:22 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: RWR8189
I'm sexist... so I like watching a Hooters babe. Sue me!

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

6 posted on 06/28/2006 12:00:47 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189; Just another Joe; CSM; lockjaw02; Publius6961; elkfersupper; nopardons; metesky; Mears; ...
Government keeps growing, and as it grows, it feeds on our money, erodes our freedom and defies our common sense.

Nanny State PING.........

7 posted on 06/28/2006 12:01:13 PM PDT by Gabz (Taxaholism, the disease you elect to have (TY xcamel))
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To: RWR8189
"no physical trait unique to women is required to serve food."

They'll never get my baby to believe that!

8 posted on 06/28/2006 12:02:59 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Wallow in poverty, you whining gerbil! They're taking everyone's money!" ~dljordan)
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To: RWR8189
"Have these and other EEOC excesses embarrassed the government into shrinking the EEOC? Of course not. It now has 2,400 employees, and spent $326.8 million in 2005"

EEOC spends over $300 million and for what? So a bunch of left-wingers can live high for the rest of their lives on the American taxpayer. As a government civilian they cannot be fired, cannot be sued, and come to work when they please. So they go on spending our tax money and living big.
9 posted on 06/28/2006 12:03:16 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: Tax-chick

Took a minute but that was a good one.


10 posted on 06/28/2006 12:03:56 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: SF Republican

Thanks! I have these flashes of brilliance sometimes, right after nap :-).


11 posted on 06/28/2006 12:05:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Wallow in poverty, you whining gerbil! They're taking everyone's money!" ~dljordan)
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To: Tax-chick
Liberals are such idiots about female anatomy. They think breasts are there just for sex. What they overlook is it feeds the baby too. HAH!

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

12 posted on 06/28/2006 12:06:16 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189
Have these and other EEOC excesses embarrassed the government into shrinking the EEOC? Of course not. It now has 2,400 employees, and spent $326.8 million in 2005 -- millions more than the year before. Government keeps growing, and as it grows, it feeds on our money, erodes our freedom and defies our common sense.

OK.
What do we have to do to eliminate this bunch of neurotic parasites and save $326.8 million?

13 posted on 06/28/2006 12:06:27 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: RWR8189

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers


14 posted on 06/28/2006 12:07:16 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Illegal Aliens will take down the Democrats and Republicans and give rise to a new American party)
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To: RWR8189

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers


15 posted on 06/28/2006 12:07:16 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Illegal Aliens will take down the Democrats and Republicans and give rise to a new American party)
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To: Gabz

"government is not the solution...government is the problem."


16 posted on 06/28/2006 12:08:16 PM PDT by patton (...in spit of it all...)
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To: Tax-chick

Game....Set.....Match!!!!!


17 posted on 06/28/2006 12:08:35 PM PDT by Gabz (Taxaholism, the disease you elect to have (TY xcamel))
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
Tort lawyers and Democrats are an explosion waiting to happen. Approach them at your own risk.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

18 posted on 06/28/2006 12:08:56 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189
The business of Hooters is food, said the government...

The ignorance is breathtaking. I don't know very many people who go to Hooters for the food. Some might, but it's the scenery that sets Hooters apart.

These EEOC pukes would be comfortable in a Soviet-style planned economy. Igor, you make bread! Don't worry about the kind or the quality, just meet your quota!

19 posted on 06/28/2006 12:09:24 PM PDT by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: RWR8189

"There are exceptions, of course, but the sexes do tend to have different interests."

Not of the libs have their way. Everything would be unisex and the definition of man and woman would be gone, e.g. gay marriages.

The indoctrination starts at an early age in Public Schools.


20 posted on 06/28/2006 12:10:06 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: RWR8189

The failure of a bureaucracy to perform needed functions has no effect on its existence. Bureaucracy exists to serve itself. The first rule of bureaucracy is self perpetuation. This simple principle goes to the heart of any attempts to limit government. Under the limited government discipline of George W the size and scope of government has grown and grown substantially.
Fairtax proponents argue that substituting a federal sales tax for a federal income tax will reduce the size of government and get the government out of our pockets.
Nonsense.
The bureaucrats who run the IRS will not lose their jobs. They will simply seek and find other ways to impose their confiscatory policies on the public. In point of fact the IRS bureaucracy should soon start strongly supporting the Fairtax because it will get the public off its neck, at least for another 50 years.
Reducing the size of government can only occur when the public learns to elect strict constitutionalists by the thousands. There must be a genuine rising up of the people in revolution against the size and the scope of our government. Nothing else will make a difference. Anything else is merely a milksop to keep the wheels greased and the bureaucracy growing.


21 posted on 06/28/2006 12:10:22 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

Lawn mower sales-person!


22 posted on 06/28/2006 12:10:26 PM PDT by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: Tax-chick

LOL!


23 posted on 06/28/2006 12:11:29 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Tax-chick

I don't believe that the "Hooters" girls are serving food in quite the same way that you are ...


24 posted on 06/28/2006 12:11:36 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: RWR8189

Bet it was some cross-dressers who put them up to this.

They claim that GLBT is a genetic trait, not a lifestyle choice. We are born naked so all clothing/fashion is cultural conditioning. There is no genetic trait to wear the clothes of the OPPOSITE sex because genetically, there is no trait to wear any kind of clothes.


25 posted on 06/28/2006 12:11:55 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: Tallguy
Like stating that atmosphere means nothing in a restaurant. And yes, for some having girls parade around in skimpy outfits is part of the atmosphere.
26 posted on 06/28/2006 12:13:10 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Gabz

John Stossel is terrific. I love his books and his TV work.


27 posted on 06/28/2006 12:14:35 PM PDT by bfree (Liberalism-the yellow meat)
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To: RWR8189

We don't serve criminals, politicians 
or bureaucrats...
Excuse the repetition, please.


28 posted on 06/28/2006 12:15:15 PM PDT by Zon (Honesty outlives the lie, spin and deception -- It always has -- It always will.)
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To: Gabz

Everytime I read more about this crap I think we should go back to 1776 and start all over again.


29 posted on 06/28/2006 12:16:03 PM PDT by Mears
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To: RWR8189; metmom; wagglebee; trussell; colorcountry
The business of Hooters is food, serving up nubile youngs girls who don't mind being looked upon as a "piece of meat" for $$$ to immature men who wouldn't want their own daughters to do the same, said the government

There fixed it

30 posted on 06/28/2006 12:16:17 PM PDT by apackof2 (That Girl is a Cowboy)
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To: goldstategop

Aside from the milk, they're just fat!


31 posted on 06/28/2006 12:17:49 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Wallow in poverty, you whining gerbil! They're taking everyone's money!" ~dljordan)
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To: Tax-chick

Breast feeding should not be attempted by fathers with hairy chests, since they can make the baby sneeze and give it wind. -- Mike Harding, "The Armchair Anarchist's Almanac"


32 posted on 06/28/2006 12:18:03 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Loose lips sink ships - and the New York Times really doesn't have a problem with sinking ships.)
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To: RWR8189

I remember an EEOC staffer in DC who was taken to court by the Feds because he was accused of stealing over a million dollars from the agency. Threw his butt in jail...along with the rest of him. That was a great day.

For the most part, though, the EEOC is a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money. What a joke is that agency.

It should be abolished and all of its employees should go look for real jobs - like waiting on tables at Hooter's!


33 posted on 06/28/2006 12:18:11 PM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I should hope not!


34 posted on 06/28/2006 12:18:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Wallow in poverty, you whining gerbil! They're taking everyone's money!" ~dljordan)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

This looks like a scene from "Queerwolf".


35 posted on 06/28/2006 12:19:01 PM PDT by printhead
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To: KarlInOhio

LOL!


36 posted on 06/28/2006 12:19:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Wallow in poverty, you whining gerbil! They're taking everyone's money!" ~dljordan)
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To: RWR8189

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. If women want to push the EEOC to do this kind of thing on their behalf, they need to suck it up when it is done on the behalf of men.


37 posted on 06/28/2006 12:21:23 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: printhead
This looks like a scene from "Queerwolf".

Is that movie in the 'special' section of the store or is it one of those high quality Sci-Fi channel movies?

38 posted on 06/28/2006 12:23:55 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Just another evil conservative)
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To: RWR8189
"no physical trait unique to women is required to serve food."

I would beg to differ. Women, even Hooter-girls, have a lower center of gravity than do men. Though possessing less upper body strength, they are less likely to become unbalanced by an awkward load. They are thus better suited to carrying trays of food and beer.

39 posted on 06/28/2006 12:25:44 PM PDT by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: RWR8189

It`s like that Saturday night live skit... The ugly guy dressed nicely in a business suit asks the girl in his office out and she screams sexual discrimination and he gets fired. Then next day he is replaced by this hunky NFL star who asks her out wearing only his underwear and she can`t say yes fast enough.


40 posted on 06/28/2006 12:26:19 PM PDT by Screamname (Why the hell is Kathy Boudin out on parole??)
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41 posted on 06/28/2006 12:27:37 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. 17,427+ snide replies and counting!)
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To: RWR8189

what a ridiculous waste!


42 posted on 06/28/2006 12:29:51 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: theDentist

You would, wouldn't you?


43 posted on 06/28/2006 12:31:00 PM PDT by Gabz (Taxaholism, the disease you elect to have (TY xcamel))
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To: patton

That should be engraved in stone..under Ronald Reagan's visage on Mount Rushmore.


44 posted on 06/28/2006 12:31:47 PM PDT by Carl LaFong ("Watch out for snakes!")
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To: RWR8189

Will they have an Ugly Women class action group too?

How about Dwarfs? Lesbian dwarfs (it's a small class of 2).


45 posted on 06/28/2006 12:46:10 PM PDT by zek157
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EEOC to Hooters: We want you to conduct sensitivity training studies to teach all of your employees to be more sensitive to the needs of men.

No reason for that.

I have eaten plenty of times at Hooters. Never, ever, have their employees been insensitive to my needs :)

46 posted on 06/28/2006 12:53:47 PM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: RWR8189

What ever happened to the right of free association?


47 posted on 06/28/2006 1:08:14 PM PDT by MinstrelBoy (Welfare shouldn't be a career choice.)
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To: Tallguy

Hooters serves food??


48 posted on 06/28/2006 1:11:29 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: RWR8189

We want you to conduct sensitivity training studies to teach all of your employees to be more sensitive to the needs of men."


Decent food and large breasted women.

I'd say they are very sensitive to the needs of men.


49 posted on 06/28/2006 1:11:56 PM PDT by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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Weird....here in Raleigh NC, guess The Doll House is going to be into trouble now with the EEOC. They serve food and lots of beverage too. Seems to always be a crowd there too, Wed., Thurs., Fri., afternoon / evenings.

Next thing you know, they'll be a discrimination suit on the Doll House with not so younger, not so attractive, not so well-figured, not so friendly, insanely jealous left-wing femi-Nazis as the plaintiffs.

50 posted on 06/28/2006 1:22:53 PM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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