The Center for American Liberty announced they are representing The Professional Beauty Federation of California (PBFC) in a new lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom.
The PBFC represents more than 500,000 barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists throughout the state, all of whom are currently prohibited from making a living under the governor’s shutdown orders.
Many of California’s beauty professionals are small business owners that employ 1099 contractors and aren’t eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.
“Governor Newsom is denying over half a million licensed, highly trained professionals their human right to earn a living, and is using the strong arm of the law to punish and grind them into submission,” said Harmeet K. Dhillon, CEO, Center for American Liberty.
PBFC Calls on Governor Newsom to Lift Shutdown
PBFC President Ted Nelson sent a letter recently to Gov. Newsom’s Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Cabinet Secretary Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez, explaining that the current shutdown has already financially squeezed a huge number of students, stylists and salon owners:
We have over 500,000 individuals licensed by our State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology (“BBC”), with approximately 50,000 licensed establishments. In addition, the BBC offers nearly 30,000 licensing exams each year to those wanting a career in our industry. These folks — and their dependent families — have been in a holding pattern that they can’t maintain for additional “months not weeks.”
Our hundreds of thousands of behind-the-chair professionals and industry stakeholders, working in tandem with BBC oversight, want to resume what we do best: lifting the spirits of our beautified clients in a safe, professional and well-regulated environment. We need Governor Newsom and his Administration to allow us to do so much sooner than “months not weeks.”
Last week I received message this from a salon owner:
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