Pittsburgh-area barbershop fined $750 for refusing to cut a woman's hair

Barbiere advertises itself as a high-end gentlemen's barbershop and offers complimentary beers and spirits.

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The Washington barbershop was recently fined by the state's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs for gender discrimination.

Owner John Interval tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter the fine "infringes" on his shop's environment, but he will not contest it.

"My hands are tied. They are forcing me to do this and telling me how to do my business," Interval said.

"Guys come here as a kind of a little getaway, to be around other guys."

The female customer had booked hair appointments online for herself and her boyfriend. She asked for a short haircut known as a fade but was turned away, according to the (Washington) Observer-Reporter.

Interval says his staff recommended other shops and even offered to pay for a haircut at someplace else to compensate for the inconvenience.

Barbiere opened two years ago. Nearly 100 supporters of the shop have signed a petition opposing the ruling. 

"I think this is ridiculous. You can clearly see no women come here to gt their hair cut," Jeff Andrewson said. "There are hundred of places where I can get my hair cut, and I can easily find somewhere in Pittsburgh, but I come here because I like the atmosphere and I get an outstanding haircut."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report