Melody Morales Denied a Job at Hawaiian Tropic Zone for Being "Too Ghetto"

Melody Morales' dream of someday working in a New York's Times Square Hawaiian Tropic Zone was cruelly shattered by a manager who supposedly refused to hire her because she "didn't talk white" and was "too ghetto."

So naturally, Ms. Morales sued, saying, "It was kind of like my dream to work at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. It's the bikini, I guess." The horror of discrimination apparently knows no bounds.

After working at Hooters, Morales began her quest to upgrade to a position at the Zone about a year ago, visiting the establishment in March of 2008 with her mother. According to the suit filed by Morales, the first manager she encountered told her, "I am not going to ruin my business with your Latin accent."

Undaunted, Melody returned a few months later, this time without the moral support of her mom, and says she was instantly rejected by another manager who sniffed, "We will not hire you because you have a speech problem," and "You have a Latin accent."

"They never even looked at me in a bikini. Not to brag, but I look good in a bikini," Morales told the New York Daily News. "I could have done a perfect job there."

"It is 100% illegal to discriminate because of where you're from or because you have an accent," said her lawyer, Derek Smith. "Melody certainly has the assets for this job." And by assets, Smith is most certainly referring to her 34-D cupsize.

Being that Hawaiian Tropic Zone is not exactly known as the classiest joint in the area, we must admit, Morales has a point. Unfortunately having big hooters isn't the only requirement to be hired as a waitress, oh sorry we meant to say, "table concierge" at the Zone.

Ms. Morales may be facing a steep uphill battle. Of the 118 workers employed at Hawaiian Tropic Zone, 48 are Hispanics, including 13 women. A Hawaiian Tropic Zone spokesman says it's not about Morales' Latina accent, or her body, "We try to look beyond looks. We're looking for people with intelligence and poise."

Tell us: What do you think? Does Morales deserve a shot at her dream job?

 

 

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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