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Strip searches were not in the job description, according to a former shampoo assistant at a Hatboro, Pa., salon. Claiming she was detained and forced to strip against her will, the former shampoo assistant — Christina M. Lafferty of Feasterville, Bucks County — is suing the hair salon and its owner. The lawsuit, filed last week in Montgomery County Court, names Aerodrome Hair Salon in Hatboro and owner Donna Lanzetta as defendants. Filing the lawsuit on Lafferty’s behalf was Sidney L. Gold and Kevin I. Lovitz, partners in Lovitz & Gold in Philadelphia. The lawsuit was sparked by an incident that occurred last Aug. 10 at about 8:30 p.m. at the conclusion of Lafferty’s work shift. Lafferty, who worked at the salon from June 2000 until the day of the incident, and a second employee were detained by Lanzetta, who accused the pair of stealing $200 from another worker’s purse. Money had been taken from other employees’ purses on prior occasions, the lawsuit explained. That day, in an attempt to catch the thief, Lanzetta placed $200 in marked cash in the purse of an employee. The money was missing at the conclusion of Lafferty’s shift. Lanzetta and the shop manager barred Lafferty and a second employee from leaving until one or the other admitted taking the money and returned it, according to the lawsuit. If the money was not returned, Lanzetta threatened to call police and have the pair arrested, the lawsuit said. Both Lafferty and the other employee maintained their innocence, but Lanzetta would not allow them to leave, the lawsuit said. Lanzetta subsequently told the salon manager to take both women to another area in the salon, where the two were ordered to remove all their clothing, including their underwear, according to the lawsuit. Lafferty complied, standing completely naked, the lawsuit said. The second employee began unbuttoning her own blouse but then halted, admitted she was the one who stole the money, and reached into her bra and removed the $200, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit, which seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages, charges the salon and Lanzetta with false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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