WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary says the city will crack down on unlicensed barbers despite opposition from Latino groups.
O’Leary told the Republican-American of Waterbury that a new campaign to enforce state law is beginning this week. He says the city will be forcing shops that employ unlicensed barbers to fire them or face closure.
Records show 20 of Waterbury’s 125 barbershops and salons are not complying with a local ordinance requiring haircutters to have a state license. Sixteen of the 20 shops not in compliance are Latino-run businesses.
Local Latinos say the state licensing system has discriminated for years against barbers and hairdressers who don’t speak English, and the enforcement campaign could force business owners to fire people who depend on their jobs to support their families.
Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com
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