Suspicious Tampons

A federal court in Virginia ruled a former dental hygienist at correctional facility who was fired for “suspicion of contraband” may pursue her sex discrimination claims against the Virginia Department of Corrections. The suspicion arose due to discrepancies in the body scans of the hygienist as she arrived and left work. In the morning, the scan revealed she was using a tampon; as she left work, it revealed her makeshift toilet paper tampon.

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Federal Prison

A former inmate may pursue her claims that she was sexually assaulted and enslaved by a captain at a federal prison, a federal court in West Virginia ruled. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency allegedly warned the woman to stop pursuing her civil case and the captain allegedly threatened her, telling her he could gather data on her family and affect her immigration status.

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Strip Search

Officers had “reasonable suspicion” to conduct a strip search of a prison visitor, because she adjusted her clothing in such a way that it looked like she was reaching into her pants, the Fourth Circuit ruled. The woman says she was “bawling” and “didn’t understand what was going on” when she consented to the search, which included an inspection of her tampon. The officers who searched her did not find any contraband on her.

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