LONG BEACH, Cal. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Southern California barbershop is settling a lawsuit by a woman, who identifies as a man, claiming she was denied service when the barber said they "don't cut women's hair."
Under the settlement, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Hawleywood's Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor in Long Beach has agreed to halt any further "discriminatory practices" and to pay the woman an undisclosed amount of money.
The transgender woman, Rose Trevis, alleged that she entered the barbershop and was turned away on grounds that the business didn't cut women's hair. The woman replied to the barber, "Who says I'm a woman?" to which the barber looked at her from head to toe and then repeated, "We don't cut women's hair."
The L.A. Times reported that the barbershop denied allegations of any wrongdoing despite settling on the undisclosed amount.
Trevis said she was "disturbed" by the incident. "I was disturbed that a public business would have the audacity to deny me service because I was perceived to be a woman," she said.
"It was quite humiliating and shameful to be ridiculed and given the excuse that I couldn't receive a haircut for that reason," she complained. "I never would have thought I'd experience the humiliation of being discriminated against as a transgender man. What began as an unfortunate event has ended in justice."
Hawleywood's website formerly said the shop was a "men's sanctuary," but since the lawsuit, the website's statement has changed to "Hawleywood's Barber Shop attracts people from all walks of life."