Oregon Salon Owner Sues Governor for $100K Over Lockdown Enforcement

December 29, 2020 | by Michael Tennant | The New American | Source

Oregon Salon Owner Sues Governor for $100K Over Lockdown Enforcement
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“An Oregon beauty-salon owner is suing Governor Kate Brown and other officials for their coordinated attacks on her, including threatening to take away her children, after she reopened her business during a Brown-ordered lockdown.

In a scathing, no-holds-barred complaint, Lindsey Graham, owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, Oregon, alleges that officials “engaged in a course of conduct intended to harass, intimidate, extort and bully [her] into complying with an edict of … Brown.”

Brown, a Democrat, issued a stay-at-home order on March 23. That order demanded the closure of most cosmetology services, though it exempted those in senior housing and long-term care facilities. Graham initially complied. However, after attending a lockdown protest on May 2, she decided to reopen her business on May 5.

“As soon as I tried to open my doors against the governor’s mandate back in May, she came at me with the full weight of the state,” Graham told Fox News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle Monday.

“She terrorized myself, she terrorized my stylists, and she terrorized my family. She took every government agency she could, and she put her full weight into intimidating me into closing, including sending Child Protective Services to my home and threatening the removal of my children.”

On May 4, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) threatened Graham with a fine of up to $70,000 if she reopened. Graham says in her lawsuit that OSHA knew they could not impose such a fine because they have no jurisdiction over a business with no employees, and all the stylists in her shop are independent contractors.

On subsequent days, Graham, who leases her salon space from the city of Salem and is licensed by the state, received letters telling her she might lose her lease and her license.”

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