NYC woman denied job as bikini-clad barmaid sues

The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- 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 white."

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.


  1. Well... She should be moving to Miami then. she will be hired in one day anywhere she wants. I've been denied because i dont have that accent, and dont speak Spanish In Miami, USA. Here you cant speak English, You have to speak spanish, that's the law!!!!!!!!!!!!


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