A New York City barber has been fined for charging a different price to cut male hair versus female hair?
Leon Kogut, the owner of Leon's Fantasy
Cut in Brooklyn, expressed surprise by a city inspector's accusation that Kogut
is violating the city's discrimination policy because he charges women three
dollars more for a haircut. Kogut defended his price difference ($16 for a
woman, $13 for a man), by pointing out the differences in services.
"A woman's haircut requires a lot of
skill. You have to style the hair, blow dry, use the mousse, the hairspray. It
could take hours to get her hair cut," Kogut said. "If you go to a restaurant
and order a hamburger, you don't expect to get the steak for that money. Are you
discriminating against the cow? Same cow, same meat – but different part of the
meat. Of course there's going to be a different price."