A WOMAN was refused a haircut at a barber’s shop because her presence ‘would put men off’.
Short-haired Cloe Freeman said she prefers using barbers for her ‘fade’ style — where the hair is longer on top and close-cropped at the sides — and previously used several others in St Helier, Jersey.
But when she went into Misters in the town she was refused a cut, despite the shop being empty.
‘I was told that they don’t service women, end of,’ said the 29-year-old civil servant. ‘The only reason I couldn’t get what I wanted was because I was a woman.’
A female barber at Misters, who would not give her name, said: ‘Women sometimes come in here looking for a haircut because it is cheaper than in salons. But when men come in and see a woman sitting here they are put off coming in as they don’t like being here when a woman is here.’
But Jersey Advocate Barbara Corbett said: ‘It’s like a nail technician refusing to do a man’s nails. If this woman was looking for the same haircut as some men get, but was refused on the grounds of being a woman, this is a case of discrimination.’