East Village dive Bar None has allegedly been a hotbed of sexual harassment and used as a drug den, according to a new claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
New York Daily News reports that punk rock artist and bartender Kaitlin Day is accusing the bar of a number of harassment incidents in a claim filed with the federal commission, including being assaulted by a family member of the bar’s owner, Frank Steo. Day, 28, claims that on June 18 a man lifted her skirt and groped her butt and vagina at the bar, according to a complaint filed with the District Attorney’s office.
According to the criminal complaint sent to Eater, the man identified as Kurtis Burns, 37, was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree, but the DA’s office says he missed his most recent court appearance. Day claims Burns is Steo’s cousin, according to the Daily News.
Eater has reached out to Bar None for more information.
Day, who also performs on a stage in a bra and underwear under the name Kay Day, tells the Daily News that her outfit should not be an invitation for bad behavior. She claims there were several other incidents leading up to the alleged assault, according to the Daily News. She alleges that she put up with frequent verbal harassment about her looks; witnessed the owner take handfuls of cash from the cash register; and was forced to work in an environment in which the tip jars had drawings of breasts, the Daily News reports. Day also alleges that Steo let his friends use the basement as a drug den, according to the EEOC complaint.
Bar None at 98 Third Ave., between 12th and 13th streets, is a college-y spot serving beer and cocktails. It’s a popular spot for Vikings and Saints fans, and it’s been open since at least 2005.