USA: New Jersey judge dismisses hotel waitresses' gender discrimination claim

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A group of 22 waitresses of the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City filed a law suit for gender discrimination. The hotel explicitly hires cocktail waitresses based on appearance and requires them to meet and maintain certain weight standards and wear short dresses while male servers are not held to the same standards. However, a New Jersey judge dismissed these claims and concluded that the plaintiffs knew what they were getting themselves into, and that the hotel had been clear about the fact that personal appearance was a key component of the job. The employer was entitled to use sexual objectification and gender stereotypes as the basis for employment decisions as long as it was not used to punish one gender or to impose a professional disadvantage.

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