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Downtown Tilted Kilt Faces Sexual Harassment Claims

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An image from the Tilted Kilt website (Tiltedkilt.com)

An image from the Tilted Kilt website (Tiltedkilt.com)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The downtown location of a sports bar known for its revealing uniforms is not commenting on allegations of sexual harassment.

Ten current and former employees at the Tilted Kilt, 17 N. Wabash Ave., filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

They say a manager made sexually explicit comments about pornography, grabbed them, shot water down their outfits with a straw, and licked on their ears, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Owner Tom Sotos declined to comment to the Tribune, saying he had not seen the complaint.

Attorney Mark Roth, who is representing the women, said corporate and local managers knew about the behavior and did nothing. He said the complaint is a first step toward filing a federal lawsuit.

The Tilted Kilt features waitresses clad in “mini-kilts” and plaid push-up bras. The men on the staff also wear kilts.

The Tilted Kilt also has Chicago area locations in Woodridge, Elgin, Roselle, Oakbrook Terrace, Vernon Hills and Schaumburg. But plans for a location in Evanston were halted, after a ruling that the restaurant did not comply with community standards.

The planned downtown Evanston location was denied a liquor license, after a campaign that called the establishment a Hooters clone whose scantily clad waitresses unfavorably portrayed women and sent the wrong message.

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