A Maryland arbitrator awarded former Hooters waitress, Farryn Johnson, $250,000 after determining that the restaurant was guilty of racial discrimination. Hooters fired Johnson, who is African American, for getting blonde highlights in her hair. Her white co-workers were allowed to keep their highlights, but according to Johnson, she was given six weeks to change her hair color and when she didn't comply, she was fired.
On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Fourth Circuit's judgment in favor of the defendant employer in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., and sent the case back to the Fourth Circuit for that court to decide whether Peggy Young had submitted enough evidence that UPS discriminated against her on the basis of her pregnancy for the case to go to trial before a jury. The key issue is whether the failure of UPS to accommodate Ms. Young's pregnancy-related lifting restrictions was pregnancy discrimination based on the fact that UPS accommodates non-pregnant workers who have lifting restrictions.