A recent story in the New York Times about hairdressers is getting a lot of attention, with the author saying he was left “shocked and confused” by what he perceived as the “unethical and downright offensive” behavior of the salon owners.
“I have to say that it was the first time I thought, Oh my god, that’s a hairdresser’s attitude toward people,” he said.
“It was like, Wow.
They’re being kind of disrespectful.
And it was really upsetting to me.”
The Times article, which describes the salon as an “independent, women-owned business” that provides services such as manicures, pedicures, and hair styling for women, also reports that the salon’s owner, Sherri Wahlstrom, allegedly called women “faggots” and said they “should be in the church.”
Wahlstrok, who also owns Wahl & Hiltz Hair Salon in New York, has been charged with a felony count of harassment, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.
“It was really unsettling to me,” said Chris Vollmer, who is also a New York hair stylist.
“I felt like I was being harassed, because of the tone of the language that I was hearing.”
According to the Times, Wahl has denied the accusations, saying that she “can’t believe that I would ever be accused of anything.”
“I would never condone this,” Wahl said.
“This is absolutely the kind of attitude that is unacceptable to anyone.”
However, Wahnstrom is not the only salon owner who has been accused of racism and sexism.
In 2015, the American Bar Association issued a report on the issue, saying the profession’s treatment of people of color “undermines its commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and respect.”
The report said that while hair stylists have been required to wear white hair and makeup, they are not required to dress in black.
According to a 2016 survey by the American Association of Hairdress, Barber, and Salon Professionals, about half of the respondents said they had received racial slurs or comments about their appearance.
“We have to recognize that there is a history of discrimination in the profession and the workplace,” said the organization’s president, Robert A. Smith, in a statement to ABC News.
“These kinds of incidents are not isolated incidents.
They have occurred in every facet of our industry, and we must all work together to change that.”ABC News reached out to Wahl’s salon owner, but she declined to comment.”
As a business owner, I am proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” she told ABC News via email.
“This story is not about me, nor is it about my salon.
It is about the tone and message of some salon owners that have not taken this situation seriously and that I am very sorry for.”
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