A group of servers at a Twin Peaks in Illinois were graded on their bodies before shifts and were forced to wear lingerie so revealing that police issued citations for indecent exposure, according to a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The former servers at the lodge-style breastaurant in Orland Park detailed their claims on Thursday to the Chicago Tribune, alleging that part of the job description to be a genuine “Twin Peaks Girl” mandated that they sign a form stating that the “essence of the role is based on female sex appeal.”
The ex-employees — two female bartenders and a male busboy — claim the restaurants violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protecting against sex discrimination and harassment.
Sarah Blaylock, 28, said she signed the agreement to join the all-female server staff knowing that she needed to be fit and attractive while on the job. She was also OK with the provided uniform: a cleavage-revealing T-shirt, short khaki shorts and knee-high mountain boots.
But expectations at the Hooters-style restaurant changed six months after its grand opening in April 2016, Blaylock said.
“It was very degrading, and very sad,” Blaylock told the newspaper. “And it took a lot out of each and every one of us.”
Blaylock, another female former bartender named Daryll Rodriguez and a fourth employee who missed the statute of limitations to file an EEOC charge claim they were also forced to line up in the kitchen prior to each shift to be graded on their appearance.
Scores for hair, makeup, costumes and body tone were doled out, with rankings later posted for all to see. Employees with lower scores would be assigned to work in lesser-performing sections of the restaurant, they allege.
“As much as we would all work out, we were all athletic, it was never good enough,” Rodriguez told the newspaper.