Aussie barber sued for sex discrimination for refusing to cut girl’s hair

Aussie barber sued for sex discrimination for refusing to cut girl’s hair
Sam Rahim (Image via Facebook)

Here’s a unique twist on the gay wedding cake insanity that has freighted our own legal system. A barber in Sydney, Australia, is in legal hot water after declining to cut a female child’s hair on the basis that he lacks the training.

Sam Rahim, the barber, claims he directed the mother to a salon less than a block away, but she stormed out with her daughter. Soon after, Rahim received a letter from the Australian Human Rights Commission, notifying him of a complaint that had been filed against him, accusing him of breaching anti-discrimination laws and embarrassing the woman’s daughter. The matter is now in the courts.

According to, Rahim is distraught over the suit and losing sleep.

“The reason we rejected it is because it is a barber shop,” he is quoted as saying. “I only specialize in cutting men’s hair. I’m not qualified to cut females’ hair. That’s pretty much it. I’m surrounded by hairdressers.”

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Rahim maintains further that he wasn’t discriminating against the girl based on her sex but is merely unqualified to cut women’s hair.

We’re all for gender equality … but the skillset is completely different. A barber course is about six months and a hairdressing TAFE [technical and further education] course is three years, in which you have to do your apprenticeship as well. It’s completely different. When you walk into a barber shop, you rarely see any women in there because a barber shop is just known for men.

The woman, whose identity is not revealed in the article, claims he never said he was qualified to cut women’s or girls’ hair.

But even if he didn’t, that should be self-evident. Assuming that a barber should have the same skill set as a hairdresser because both cut hair is akin to assuming a heart specialist should be able to treat a toothache because cardiologists and dentists are both health care providers.

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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