Houston woman says Tilted Kilt didn’t hire her as bartender due to her weight
Sarah Brady is an experienced bartender looking for a job.
In her mind, the fact that she’s “plus-sized” shouldn’t be a hindrance.
“I’m very aware of what size my body is,” said Brady, 25, who moved to the Clear Lake area from Virginia in December. “I’m proudly putting it out there.”
A couple weeks ago she responded to an ad for workers at a not-yet-open Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in League City. She sent a resume, detailing her four years as a server and two years as a bartender.
She said she got back a text message saying, “We would love for you to come in and interview.”
Brady said she’s also well aware of the image used in Tilted Kilt advertising – a buxom young woman in a tight top. But as someone who has performed burlesque, she said she wanted to talk with company representatives about other ways she might dress on the job.
“I thought about how I could be within their image without necessarily being in the costume they wanted,” she said. “But they didn’t give me a chance to talk about anything.”
On its website, under “Casting & Careers,” Tilted Kilt refers to its evaluation of job applicants as auditions for the role of Kilt Girl entertainers, “an elite group of women who are sexy-smart, friendly and classy.”
“Imagine trying to land a role in a Hollywood movie or sexy fitness calendar; you want to look and act your best!” the website states. “These auditions are just the same. To land the role, you gotta play it up, girl! Grab your favorite outfit, glam up your hair and make-up and visit a franchise….”
The company responded to Chron.com on Wednesday with an email statement from Greg Smith, operations director and area developer for Texas and Oklahoma.
“Our hiring and employment practices are in full compliance with all laws. Kilt Girls are the cornerstone of our brand,” the statement said. “We specifically cast for entertainers, not just servers. When hiring, we seek entertainer-servers who not only fit the costume, but exemplify a personality and skill set that is friendly, courteous and customer oriented. Our decisions are based on these qualifications and we hire the most qualified applicants for these positions.”
On April 19, Brady went for the interview at a hotel near the restaurant location on the Gulf Freeway, where company representatives asked her to fill out an application. She said it did not include any questions about size or appearance.
After waiting 30 to 45 minutes, she was called into another room for what she thought would be a conversation.
“They didn’t ask me any questions,” she said. “The first thing our of their mouths was, ‘Thank you for applying but we’ve filled all the positions with more qualified candidates.’ ”
Brady said she was disappointed at how she was dismissed, without a chance to talk about her bartending experience or her work in burlesque.
But she’s not giving up.
“This isn’t going to change the jobs I apply for,” she said.”I have bartending experience and am qualified for it.” SOURCE