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Hooters girls backstage at Alexander Wang's Fall '09 show. Photo: Getty Images

As if wearing a Hooters uniform isn't bad enough, now news is out that some waitresses at the restaurant chain have to pay for their short-shorts, tiny tanks and shiny suntanned pantyhose, too.

Hooters waitresses Gina Rosati and Amy Frederick filed a class-action lawsuit in Brooklyn, NY federal court yesterday accusing the Hooters of Long Island chain of labor law violations, the New York Post reports.

The suit seeks back pay and damages from owners Richard Buckley and Christopher Levano, as well as parent company Strix, according to the paper.

"Hooters of Long Island requires its waitresses to purchase and wear a nationally recognizable uniform," attorney Louis Pechman wrote in the suit, as reported by the Post..

So, what does it cost to dress as a Hooters girl? Well, $19.43. Here's the breakdown: "Dolphin" shorts, $5.45. Lycra tank top, $6. Shiny beige pantyhose, $2.50. Pouch, $3.23. Thick white socks, $2.25. Serving Buffalo wings half naked. Priceless.

Waitresses must share their tips with the kitchen staff, a requirement Pechman claims is illegal. At least 100 waitresses could qualify to collect, adds the paper.

We think making employees wear shiny beige pantyhose and slouch socks should be cause enough for legal action. But that's just us.

What do you think? Is it fair to make the Hooters waitresses pay for their skimpy work wear? Leave a comment!

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