Maas accused of harassment


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Jan 22, 2006
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Maas accused of harassment

A bartender at America’s Pub in suburban St. Louis claims in a federal complaint that one of the bar’s owners — Fox Sports commentator and former Chiefs player Bill Maas — sexually harassed her, the woman’s attorney said Monday.

Lauren Risley, 22, filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 26. She quit her job in March, about two months after the alleged incident.

Risley was working alone in the bar’s VIP room on Jan. 27. Among those in the room were Maas and the bar’s other co-owners, Greg Dill and George Kaufman. Risley’s attorney, Richard Banks, said Maas, 44, was drinking heavily and propositioned Risley and made lewd comments. As the night wore on, Banks said, Maas touched the woman inappropriately.

“She wants to make sure this kind of stuff just doesn’t happen,” Banks said. “She told management, ‘I wasn’t raped, but I might as well have been.’ ”

Risley contacted Maryland Heights police but never sought criminal charges.

Risley’s complaint with EEOC claims that all the owners were negligent and that managers became punitive after the complaint by scheduling her for less lucrative shifts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Maas’ attorney, Kevin Regan of Kansas City, denied any wrongdoing and said his client is considering a lawsuit against Risley.

“Bill Maas is a good man with an unblemished reputation in our community,” Regan said. “We will do everything necessary to protect that reputation and take whatever measures the law allows against those who attempt to tarnish it.”
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