34-person lawsuit filed against Twin Peaks Restaurants, alleges exploitation of young women, race and sexual orientation discrimination
Chicago-based attorney, Tamara Holder, of The Law Firm of Tamara N. Holder, LLC, and their co-counsel, filed suit in the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of 34 former “Twin Peaks Girls” who worked at Twin Peaks Restaurants Illinois and Texas locations. Additionally, the firms filed requests to arbitrate for an additional 19 women signed an arbitration agreement upon hiring at Twin Peaks franchise La Cima Restaurants. The women allege they were recruited into a “fun” job with “flexible scheduling” only to then learn, after hiring, that they would be body graded every day and constantly fat shamed by management and corporate. The young women also allege that when they were sexually harassed by customers and complained to management, they were ignored or retaliated against for complaining. Additional claims involve race discrimination against African American workers, and sexual orientation against a homosexual male busboy.
For more on this case, check out the story written by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz for The Chicago Tribune, on August 7, 2020:
Twin Peaks hit with federal lawsuit alleging lingerie uniforms, body grading system led to ‘rampant sexual harassment’
Tamara Holder is a Chicago-based attorney who focuses her practice on institutional abuse. Ms. Holder’s work includes seeking clemency (via pardon, commutation of sentence) from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker via the Prisoner Review Board, workplace discrimination (sexual harassment, race discrimination, disability discrimination), and sexual abuse by doctors (filed suit against NorthShore University HealthSystem for harboring a now-indicted gynecologist). A plaintiff’s attorney, Ms. Holder also provides consulting to companies accused of workplace misconduct and helps the company determine the proper response.
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