Hair braider says Utah cosmetology law is unfair

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A woman who braids hair to supplement her family's income is suing Utah over a law that requires her to obtain a cosmetology license, saying the state requires an unreasonable amount of coursework that is irrelevant to her craft.
By CHI-CHI ZHANG
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A woman who braids hair to supplement her family's income is suing Utah over a law that requires her to obtain a cosmetology license, saying the state requires an unreasonable amount of coursework that is irrelevant to her craft.

Jestina Clayton claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Salt Lake City that the state law infringes on her right to earn a living free from unreasonable government interference.

The law requires anyone working with hair to obtain a cosmetology license. Her lawsuit claims it would cost up to $18,000 in tuition to fulfill Utah's requirement for about 2,000 hours of coursework, even though the classes do not teach braiding.

Similar laws exist in at least eight states. Industry representatives say the requirements protect the public.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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