Speed Reads

Only in America

Only in America: The limited rights of 'Babes'

A judge rules that a casino's cocktail waitresses can be fired for gaining weight — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A New Jersey judge ruled that casino waitresses are "sex objects" who can be fired for gaining weight. Waitresses in the Borgata Hotel's "Babe" program sued over a rule requiring them to stay close to their hiring weight. But Judge Nelson Johnson said any woman hired as a "Babe" had voluntarily agreed to become "a sex object to the Borgata's patrons."