Two former feminine staff of the Orland Park restaurant Twin Peaks — which has a flesh-based enterprise mannequin akin to Hooters — say their bosses went too far by forcing them to put on bikinis and lingerie, subjecting them to physique evaluations and ordering them to alter in full view of kitchen employees.
The discrimination and harassment allegations have been specified by complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The habits is commonplace in a company tradition authorised by Twin Peaks’ possession, legal professional Tamara Holder, who’s representing a number of of the ladies, stated Thursday.
Sarah Blaylock, 29, and Daryll Rodriguez, 24, who labored as bartenders, each filed complaints.
And the ladies have been threatened with termination after they raised considerations about it, she stated.
“Twin Peaks’ business model baits young women into wearing one uniform, then after they’re hired, orders them to wear crop-tops, bikinis and lingerie,” Holder stated. “Twin Peaks is engaging in disgusting, systemic abuse of young women across the country. Many of the young women are still in high school, others are trying to pay college tuition. They signed up to work at a ‘family-friendly’ restaurant, not a strip joint.”
A 3rd feminine worker, Jessica Mercer, 19, missed the 300-day window wherein she was allowed to file an EEOC grievance. But plans to hitch a breach of contract class motion lawsuit being drawn up by Holder that, she says, is ready to comprise the names of staff from across the nation that have been handled the identical manner.
“Literally the phone is ringing off the phone right now with women calling me,” Holder stated Thursday.
Twin Peaks CEO Joe Hummel referred to as the claims “outrageous” in a press release emailed on Thursday to the Sun-Times.
“Twin Peaks does not tolerate any type of harassment or discrimination and has strict policies and training practices in place to make sure every guest and employee is treated equally and with great respect,” he stated.
“We look forward to vigorously defending ourselves against these outrageous and baseless allegations. Since this is an ongoing legal matter, it would be inappropriate to discuss further specifics.”
In her grievance, Blaylock, who was employed earlier than the Orland Park restaurant’s opening in 2016, stated she was okay with the uniform she was initially instructed to put on.
The uniform: quick shorts and a shirt that uncovered cleavage and a small portion of her midriff.
But issues modified six months in when administration started “dress-up days” that referred to as for “clothing similar to what one might see in a strip club,” she says within the grievance.
Blaylock says she was instructed “If you don’t like it, you can leave.”
“I feared I would lose my job if I did not comply with the dress-up days, despite feeling uncomfortable,” she stated.
Another disturbing change: earlier than every shift administration started lining girls up in opposition to a wall and giving every a grade on how taut and toned their our bodies have been. Women with higher grades obtained extra profitable desk assignments, complaints allege.
The girls have been required to purchase, out of their very own pockets, lingerie and string bikinis and textual content photos from dressing rooms to their bosses so they might determine if clothes have been revealing sufficient for work, Blaylock alleges.
Orland Park police issued citations in opposition to a number of feminine staff as a result of their garments confirmed an excessive amount of pores and skin.
When the ladies requested in regards to the citations, they have been instructed “Do not worry about it. We handled it,” Blaylock stated within the grievance.
However, an legal professional employed by Twin Peaks had pleaded Blaylock and different girls responsible and paid their fines with out ever telling them, the grievance alleges — leaving them with non-expungeable convictions on their legal document.
Also, feminine staff have been anticipated to alter in view of kitchen employees.
Holder stated the ladies are searching for monetary compensation and wish the corporate to enact safeguards that may guarantee higher working situations.
A male from the Orland Park restaurant additionally filed an EEOC grievance alleging he was repeatedly questioned about his sexual orientation, referred to as derogatory phrases, together with “princess,” and denied common breaks.