Broward News

Carrabba's Settles With Flamboyant Server

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a biologically male food server in Boca who claim to be fired from Carrabba's Italian Grill for being too flamboyant. Alexis -- as she prefers to be called -- has breasts, long hair, and the (surgically altered) facial structure of a woman. She told me managers didn't have a problem with her work but took her off the schedule for making customers feel uncomfortable.

This week, Alexis says Outback Steakhouses Inc., the company that owns Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming's, looks as if it will agree to an out-of-court settlement.

On the corporation's reaction to his complaint that he was wrongly fired, Alexis says, "They were just as appalled as I was."

Requests for comment left yesterday afternoon for a representative of the company have not been returned.

When I originally spoke with Tiffany, one of Alexis' former managers, two weeks ago, she told me: 

"He applied as Scott. He was hired as Scott. Everything was Scott. Then as soon as he started, he wanted to go by a different name. We asked him not to introduce himself to guests as Alexis. We didn't want guests to feel awkward." 

Asked if Alexis was fired for being too flamboyant, she told me, "It wasn't just that at all. We're trying to weed out the bad seeds right now. It wasn't a personal bash against him. We're just trying to get rid of the immoral people working at the restaurant." She said the termination was a result of several disciplinary warnings that included lying to customers.

Alexis thinks our original story was the catalyst for settling: "I want to thank you for the coverage that you gave me," she said. "That really has made a difference."

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Michael J. Mooney