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Attorney General: Cosmetology school treats students like "free labor"

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The Consumer Protection Division of the office of the Iowa Attorney General filed a formal fraud lawsuit against La' James International College on Thursday; the suit alleges the Fort Dodge-based cosmetology school uses deceptive, omissive and unfair practices.

The suit, filed in Polk County District Court, says “what many students experience is a school with extraordinary turnover of instructors resulting in ‘instructorless' classrooms and inconsistent instruction, lack of access to practice their skills and, ultimately, an institution that treats them more like free labor than students."

The goal of the suit is to get a court order keeping La' James from misleading and hiding information from students, and for the school to reimburse students for unspecified penalties and costs.

La' James International College operates cosmetology and massage schools and salons in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Johnston, Fort Dodge, and Iowa City, as well as one location in Illinois and another in Nebraska.

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