Pregnant bartender fired from pub for looking 'too Midwestern' and not like a 'California hooker'
10/10/2013 12:11:00 PM
A former bartender at a California pub has filed a lawsuit against the Studio City establishment, claiming that she was fired because she was pregnant and refused to dress like a 'California hooker.'
Amanda Lambert's lawsuit names as defendants the owners of The King's Head II pub on Ventura Boulevard, where the woman had worked between May and July 2012.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to prevent discrimination, negligence and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
According to court filings cited by City News Service and reported by Studio City Patch, Lambert took a bartending job at King's Head II pub in May 2012. Unlike other female servers at the establishment who wore tank tops and shorts, Lambert preferred to wear pants to work, the lawsuit states.
A month later, Lambert learned that she was expecting a baby. In July of that year, Lambert was informed by then-general manager Kevin Willis that the pub's owners were not happy with her - even though she had never received any complaints about her job performance.
A short time later, Lambert got a text message from Willis inviting her for a talk and expressing his misgivings about her continued employment at the pub.