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City officials investigate complaints of unpaid overtime, discrimination and sexual harassment at Parlor Pizza – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – City officials are investigating claims of salary theft, discrimination and sexual harassment against Parlor Pizza, weeks after police raided the chain’s three restaurants in Chicago in an unspecified criminal investigation .

The city’s Department of Business and Consumer Affairs and the Chicago Human Relations Commission said they were “working to fully investigate allegations that workers were not being paid for overtime. , that employees have been sexually harassed, and that customers have been discriminated against based on their race and / or age.

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City officials are also urging current and former employees who believe they have been victims of unfair business practices, and any customers who believe they have been discriminated against, to come forward. Workers can file complaints with the city’s Labor Standards Office by sending a
email or calling 312-744-2211. Clients can contact the Human Relations Commission at by emailing or by calling 312-744-4474.

The announcement comes after Block Club Chicago reported last week that former Parlor Pizza employees accused the company of abusing customers of color, forcing staff to work unpaid overtime and hiding from people. employees potential exposures to COVID-19.

Several former Parlor employees told Block Club that customers of color at the River North location were regularly seated in a place called the “Reject Section” and that Parlor employees were often harassed and forced to do so. unpaid overtime while being threatened with Termination.

Police raided the popular pizza restaurant’s three restaurants last month, helping the Illinois Department of Revenue with an unspecified criminal investigation.

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Investigators spent several hours inside the three locations on October 27, and it emerged that the popular pizza chain was under investigation for possible financial crime.

In a statement, the Illinois Department of Revenue said, “In the event of potential violations of Illinois tax law and related offenses, our Bureau of Criminal Investigations will investigate the potential violations. However, the Illinois Department of Revenue cannot comment on ongoing investigations or their existence. “

The employees who showed up for work at the time were on lockdown and had no idea what was going on.

All three sites have since reopened.

In 2017, Parlor Pizza was sued in federal court for non-payment of overtime to former dishwashers.

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This case was settled in February 2018.

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