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Assessing codes of conduct in sexually charged workplaces

Until recently The Tilted Kilt was making headlines for its business acumen. The restaurant chain has been growing steadily even through a recession.

Now a manager of the Chicago Tilted Kilt is facing charges of sexual harassment. The complaint was filed by 10 current and former employees last week. Even before this news the chain’s policy of mini skirts and flirtatious servers didn’t sit well with some. Evanston, Illinois, voted no to a Tilted Kilt location.

Does the chain’s adherence to a rather sexual atmosphere complicate the claims of sexual harassment? And what about other bad behavior on the job or in the spotlight? New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s Twitter activity may not be illegal, but it has raised eyebrows and ethical concerns on both sides of the aisle.

Should this kind of conduct be regulated? And how, beyond the law, can we do so? To find out, Eight Forty-Eight turned to Northwestern University Law School's Zev Eigen. Eigen specializes in labor and employment issues; he also teaches management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management.

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