Settlement bars barbershop from being ‘men’s sanctuary’

August 23, 2016 GMT

Attorneys representing a transgender man who sued a Long Beach barber shop for allegedly refusing to cut his hair revealed details Monday about a settlement with the business.

The lawsuit, filed March 29, claims employees at Hawleywood’s Barber Shop turned away Rose Trevis based on their perception of Trevis’ gender, saying “we don’t cut women’s hair.”

This month,Hawleywood’s agreed to a settlementthat includes a judge’s order barring the shop from picking its customers based on their gender or perceived gender, Trevis and his attorney Gloria Allred announced Monday.

An attorney for Hawleywood’s could not be reached.

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Hawleywood’s also agreed to pay damages to Trevis, including attorney fees, but Trevis and Allred declined to reveal how much that amounted to.

“What began as an unfortunate event has ended in justice,” Trevis said.

According to the lawsuit, Trevis and his domestic partner on March 4 were walking by Hawleywood’s on Fourth Street, and the plaintiff decided to get a haircut.

Inside, a barber told Trevis he’d need an appointment, but when Trevis asked to make the appointment, the barber responded by saying the shop doesn’t cut women’s hair, according to the lawsuit.

Trevis allegedly responded, “Who says I’m a woman?”

The lawsuit claims the barber did eventually take down Trevis’ name and phone number but instead of making an appointment, took the information back to another employee who came out to speak with Trevis and his partner.

In court documents, Trevis alleged the second barber “looked at me up and down” and frowned before asking how he could help.

When Trevis asked for a haircut, the barber again said the shop doesn’t cut women’s hair.

Travis said he was shocked and dismayed by the shop’s reaction to him.

“I’ve never faced any form or type of discrimination in the past, so it was pretty surprising,” Trevis said.

Travis added that he was caught off guard because Hawleywood’s is in the middle of an area of Long Beach frequented by the LGBTQ community.

“So you don’t expect that in that type of area,” he said.

The judge’s order in the settlement also bans Hawleywood’s from marketing itself as a men’s only barbershop.

During a press conference, Allred help up transcript of text from Hawleywood’s website that described the shop as a “men’s sanctuary.”

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  • “One thing you won’t see at Hawleywood’s is women,” the text read. “You all know how distracting a woman can be and who wants a straight razor shave with a buxom blonde in the joint?”

    If Hawleywood’s continues to discriminate or use discriminatory advertising, a judge could hold the business in contempt of court, according to Allred.

    “Obviously it’s no longer going to be a men’s sanctuary,” she said.