HR Strange But True!
December 20, 2001
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes, it can get downright weird...

No small matter

In the late 1980s, "dwarf tossing" became popular in many bars across the country. Contestants who executed the best throw of the dwarf were awarded prizes.

But Florida, at the urging of many citizens and advocacy groups, banned the practice in 1989. Bars that sponsored dwarf-tossing events risked losing their liquor licenses.

The National Law Journal reports that one dwarf has sued to have the law struck down, on grounds that it violates his equal-protection and due-process rights under the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiff is Tampa radio personality David Flood, known to listeners as Dave the Dwarf. His lawyer, Michael A. Steinberg, said "the law is unconstitutional because it treats dwarfs differently than others."

The lawyer also noted that in Florida, it is perfectly legal to toss taller people.

Source: National Law Journal, via

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