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LOCAL BAR: Manager calls harassment charges ‘false’

February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a sexual harassment complaint was filed with the state against him as the manager of a local tavern, Frank James calls the accusations “totally false.”

A former female bartender at Tri Lakes Tavern filed a sexual harassment complaint against the employer.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s (ICRC) Deputy Director Akia Haynes announced Monday there is probable cause to believe the former bartender at Tri Lakes Tavern, Columbia City, was subjected to sexual harassment throughout the course of her employment.

“I’ve had the same girls working for me for the past two years and we have never had any problems,” said James.

“I work alongside my wife. I would never mistreat an employee like that ...”

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