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Center for American Liberty Suing Gov. Newsom Again

Lawsuit on behalf of 500,000+ barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists, to go back to work

By Katy Grimes, May 7, 2020 8:12 am

Professional Beauty Federation of California. (Photo: PBFC)

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:


Screen shot of text message regarding Board of Cosmetology.



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6 thoughts on “Center for American Liberty Suing Gov. Newsom Again

  1. YES! Music to my ears!

    This is a much needed action to allow struggling business owners to reopen.
    It is a sad state of affairs that citizens are forced to spend time and energy taking the state to court. I wish the PBFC and American Liberty Center much success!
    A right to work is essential!
    And may I just say that is no greater evidence in the current state and local leadership that POWER CORRUPTS!

  2. Bravo! At the same time I do wonder why Barr hasn’t stepped in to stop ALL governors who are trashing our constitution and bill of rights. If he’s waiting on lawsuits to be filed there are plenty. There is a new recall for recallnewsom2020.com please look it up we have to remove Newsom and I would love to know if this is wasted time. I know for a fact we had the signatures last time and they were marked invalid….

  3. I am appalled that Newsom and other Governors are getting away with this. AG Barr needs to stop the tyranny! Vote red recall Gavin Newsom Mike Garcia for Governor

  4. Where are Gov. & Mrs. Newsom getting their hair and nails done. After almost 2 months, why doesn’t our Governor look like a shaggy dog instead of a well trimmed politician?

  5. This has gone on to long! We are the middle class! We support small businesses and we pay taxes. All salons are pretty much cleaner than Walmart and we are essential! We help people feel good about themselves in many ways ….

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