Sophia and I at IHOP this morning, reading the LA Times.
Me: You know Lawry’s, the fancy "Prime Ribs" place?
(reading) "Steeped in tradition, Lawry’s takes pride in serving up prime rib from silver carts much the way the family-run restaurant chain’s founders did in 1938, when they opened the original Beverly Hills location.
But the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday that in employing mostly female servers in its upscale eateries, the Pasadena company might be too retro for its own good.
In an unusual class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the agency charged the chain of seven restaurants with maintaining a hiring policy established in 1938 that discriminates against men."
Sophia: I see this ALL THE TIME in court. You know what you should do? You should try to get a job some place where they’re never going to hire you, then sue them for a million dollars. LIke at Hooters.
Me: That’s so funny you said that. Listen to the last paragraph.
(reading) "In 1997, Hooters of America Inc. agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a suit filed by men who said they were turned away when they applied for jobs at the chain, which is known for its female servers in revealing outfits."
Sophia: There goes that idea. But I’m sure you can find some place else to sue. How about Curves?
Neil: Or Victoria’s Secrets?
Sophia: I have the best one. That bikini wax place on Pico Boulevard. They’re never going to hire you and then you can say it was discrimination.
Neil: Yeah, easy money from the settlement. Although, you know, it would be a pretty cool job if they actually gave it to me.