6 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

Florida’s smartphone ban, rats on a plane and four more strange lawsuits in the news


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Waxing Woes

When Jennifer Finley was hired as an esthetician at Pittsburgh’s European Wax Center, she knew she would be giving Brazilian waxes to customers. What she didn’t know, she says, was that she would be expected to undergo a wax herself. Finley claims that on her second day of training she learned that she and her fellow trainees would be waxing each other.

Seed Snafu

In a case that proves that what’s funny on television is not always so entertaining in real life, a Pennsylvania woman who had her newborn taken away after she mistakenly failed a hospital drug test recently settled a lawsuit over the incident. Elizabeth Mort delivered her daughter Isabella at Jameson Hospital in April 2010. But three days later, child welfare agents took the baby away, claiming that Mort had tested positive for opiates during a drug test at the hospital.

Pet Problems

An American Airlines flight attendant accused of bringing some unsavory carry-on baggage to work is suing her employer for discrimination. The trouble started back in February 2012, when a pilot claimed that he saw “a bulge” in stewardess Louann Giambattista’s pocket, which he believed to be a live pet. During a subsequent flight, another flight attendant accused Giambattista of sneaking her pet rats onto a plane and feeding them during the flight. When her fellow flight attendants reported their suspicions to officials, Giambattista claims that immigrations and customs agents questioned her and went through her belongings for an hour.

Discriminatory Document

Three former Target Corp. employees are suing the company over a set of “multi-cultural tips” that were allegedly more racist than enlightened. According to Robert Gonzales, Pedro Garcia-Ayala and Bulmaro Fabian, Target provided its warehouse managers with a document called “Organization Effectiveness, Employee and Labor Relations Multi-Cultural Tips,” which allegedly informed managers that not all Hispanic employees eat tacos and burritos, wear sombreros or dance to salsa music.

Silenced Smartphones

If you’re in Florida and reading this on a smartphone, you may be breaking the law, according to a new suit targeting recently enacted state legislation. In April, the Sunshine State passed a bill banning slot machines and Internet cafes that allow certain types of online gambling. The measure passed after an racketeering investigation into Allied Veterans of the World, a supposed charity that allegedly operated as an illegal gambling operation.

Alanna Byrne

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