November 1, 2003 | Issue 6

Jewish Tooth Fairy Sues Former Employers

ALBANY, NY — [TheKnish.com] Esther Applebaum, formerly employed as a tooth fairy by You Can Handle the Tooth, Inc., has filed suit against the company, citing sexist behavior and religious discrimination as cause for the filing.

In a 345 page indictment exclusively released to TheKnish.com, Ms. Applebaum details practices by the company that were detrimental to her work performance, quality of life and religious observance.

Among the details are reported demands by her employers for her to wear a pink tutu, even though her religious upbringing expressly forbids her to reveal anything above the knee.

Esther was also asked to dye her auburn locks blond, as this was the hair color of choice for her predecessors. Although not a commonly addressed issue, Esther claims her Rabbi advised her that dying one's hair is not specifically forbidden, but it would be wise not to undergo such modification, as it would call unnecessary attention to herself, especially if her hair was highlighted.

Also featured in the suit demands for Esther to work on the Sabbath, which is out of the question in religious Jewish circles.

"I made it very clear to them during my interview," says Esther. "I could not work on Shabbos, but I would gladly send memos Erev Shabbos (Friday afternoon) to both Jewish and Gentile children advising them that they would receive their money Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night).

"They hired me despite knowing I could not work on Shabbos and then suddenly they demanded that I do work on Shabbos. This is unacceptable."

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Pencil Martin Bodek is short, dark, handsome, runs marathons (finishes them too!), can solve a Rubik's Cube in 1:47, is a big TED chasid, can whup your keister in Scrabble, loves halva, co-founded TheKnish.com, and writes books from 5-9: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mbodekatgmaildotcom


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