Oregon Child Protective Services targets salon owner who refused to shut her business
This is bureaucratic overreach at its most disgusting.
Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, Oregon, has refused to shutter the business she's spent the last 15 years building. In response, at least two state bureaucratic agencies -- including Child Protective Services -- have targeted her and her family.
Graham held a press conference on Friday, where she claimed that both CPS and Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have come after her in recent days.
"And, if you can possibly believe this, on May 7th, Child Protective Services showed up at my home," she said, taking a deep breath while holding back tears. "They questioned my husband and I. They questioned my child, without me present. They searched our home. And I've never expected such a violent, aggressive, vindictive thing ever could have been done to me or my family because I'm trying to earn a living, because I'm trying to work."
The agency hasn't given up, even though Graham says their reason for investigating her is baseless.
"They are still insisting that they want to talk to my three-year-old daughter," Graham said. "So I don't know if they're going to try to talk to my eight-week-old newborn. We'll see. But they did check his diaper."
Graham is also being harassed by OSHA. She was issued a $14,000 citation for supposedly treating her "employees" like independent contractors. But it's standard practice in the salon business -- and perfectly legal -- to allow stylists to independently work at a salon without categorizing them as employees.
In the face of both bureaucratic attacks, Graham says she isn't backing down.
“Everyone’s job is essential, not because what we do or how we do it, but because it’s how we make our living,” she said. “I’m vowing to stay open as long as I can, basically, until the governor tries to take my entire career, something I’ve worked 15 years for, out from underneath me."
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