July 31, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who wanted a job as a bikini-clad
barmaid at a New York City eatery says managers rejected her
because she has a "Latin accent."
Melody Morales has sued seeking unspecified damages and saying
she applied 15 times for a job at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone
restaurant and bar. She says managers always denied there were any
openings even though other employees said there were.
Her lawsuit says one manager told her her "Latin accent" would
ruin his business. She says another told her "You don't speak
Morales says she was born in New York to Dominican and Puerto
Rican parents. And she says she looks good in a bikini.
Representatives of the restaurant didn't immediately respond to
calls seeking comment Tuesday.
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