A coffee shop chain in Boston only hires attractive females.
The chain is now under investigation by federal authorities for employment discrimination.
Executives of the chain argue that the investigation is a “witch hunt.”
The coffee chain claims that workers are hired from an application pool. They said most applicants tend to be younger women.
“We have never had a complaint against us for age discrimination or any kind of discrimination,” Marylou Sandry, founder of the chain, said in an a statement.
“We feel the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission” is on a witch hunt.”
According to Marylou’s spokesperson, the company hires only qualified applicants and is in compliance with the state and federal laws. They claim that “those qualifications begin and end with a winning personality and a passion for customer service.”
The EEOC has declined to comment on the investigation.
Television commercials for Marylou’s often feature attractive employees wearing pink T-shirts and black shorts while singing and dancing.
One commercial features an employee jumping out the window in pink shorts.