Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Barber Shop That Refused Transgender Customer on Religious Grounds Settles

In a press release issued last week, Lambda Legal announced it had reached a settlement with a California barber shop that had refused to cut the hair of a transgender man because the owner perceived the customer to be a female. The owner later told reporters that he had religious objections to cutting women's hair, saying that God made a clear distinction between genders and "it’s a shame for a man to have long hair, but if a woman has long hair, it’s her glory." The stipulated final judgement (full text) in Oliver v. The Barbershop R.C., Inc., (CA Super. Ct., Jan. 19, 2017), recites that defendants violated California's Unruh Civil Rights Act and enjoins them from discriminating on the basis of sex, including on the basis of actual or perceived gender, gender identity or gender expression.