NYC restaurant hits back at claim woman was denied bikini-clad job because of ‘ghetto’ speech

NYC eatery hits back at woman who sued to get job

NEW YORK — The Hawaiian Tropic Zone restaurant in Times Square is hitting back at a woman who says she was denied a job as a bikini-clad barmaid because her speech was too “ghetto.”

Hawaiian Tropic’s lawyer James Rosenzweig asked a Manhattan judge Friday to dismiss 22-year-old Melody Morales’ discrimination lawsuit.

The lawyer says staffers are salespeople and employers have the right to deny employment to inarticulate speakers. He says they are not a class protected from discrimination.

Morales’ lawyer, Derek Smith, says the case is legitimate because it has racial undertones. Morales was born in Brooklyn to Dominican and Puerto Rican parents.

Justice Edward Lehner reserved decision.


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