The Chicago Tribune reports that 10 current and former employees of a Tilted Kilt sports bar in the Loop have filed a sexual harassment complaint against a manager there.

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl last month denied a liquor license request by a different franchisee of the chain to open a Tilted Kilt in downtown Evanston, saying the “overly suggestive nature of the minimal attire of the female staff” had drawn objections from many Evanston residents.

In the complaint filed today with the Chicago office of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  the women say the Chicago bar’s manager offered sexually explicit comments, engaged in inappropriate physical contact and made unwanted advances toward them.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Evanston Police also hit with sexual harassment – touche

    There are thousands of sexual harassment complaints filed every year in the Chicagoland area yet this one gets media attention because it's the Tilted Kilt.

    The majority of sexual harassment lawsuits do not originate with sport bar employees. Some of them come from employees in the government industry.

    Say, wasn't there a sexual harassment lawsuit just filed against the Evanston Police Department and a police sergeant there? Last I checked, police uniforms are not of "the minimal attire."

    Meanwhile, the first floor of the Fountain Square Building remains vacant (since 2007). Think of all the sales and liquor tax revenues Evanston lost all because Mayor Tisdahl felt that the Tilted Kilt uniforms didn't meet HER dress standards.  And she never stepped foot inside a Tilted Kilt.

    Now us local boys have one less high-end sports bar to go to and watch a game and have a beer.

    Every month this year I have noticed MORE commercial vacancies in Evanston. It would be accurate to say Tisdahl and the City Council directly contributed to it.

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