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Seedy Doings Alleged at Maryland Crab House

BALTIMORE (CN) - With at least one former employee accusing the owner of rape, a popular Maryland crab house is under fire by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC filed suit Wednesday on behalf of female employees of Windsor Inn who claim that owner Dimitrios "Jimmy" Vangelakos subjected them to verbal and physical sexual harassment and sexual assault.

One woman, identified in the complaint only as Jane Doe, has accused Vangelakos of rape, and says he forced her on another occasion to perform oral sex on him in his office, while keeping a handgun "prominently displayed" on his desk.

The complaint says a female employee named Keysha Costley filed an EEOC charge after Vangelakos came on to her and suspended her for refusing him. Vangelakos allegedly cited the EEOC in later refusing to increase her work hours.

Neither the Windsor Inn nor attorneys for Vangelakos have returned calls and emails seeking comment.

Former employees claim that Vangelakos' repeated sexual comments created a "sexually hostile" work environment.

The complaint attributes various profane remarks to Vangelakos, saying he asked various female employees for a "suck," or to touch their breasts and vaginas.

The woman who accuses Doe of rape says Vangelakos also let the restaurant manager choke her, and that no one took action when a kitchen staffer slapped her on the rear end "and tried to force himself on her, saying 'give me some pussy.'"

There is also a report of a kitchen staffer sexually assaulting another server.

The suit seeks an injunction against sexual harassment and retaliation at the Windsor Inn; an order for equal employment opportunities for women at the restaurant; compensation to the plaintiffs for past and future losses; punitive damages; and court costs.

EEOC attorney Amber Fox signed the complaint.

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