An Oregon salon owner has sued Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for $100,000 over the state’s lockdown and for fining her $14,000 for defying the rules and reopening her business during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lindsey Graham, owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, filed a lawsuit on Dec 18 against the Democratic governor claiming that forcing her business to shut down violated her civil rights.
Graham joined “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Monday to discuss the lawsuit.
Graham claimed that Brown “put her full weight” into ‘terrorizing’ her to close, going as far as sending Child Protective Services to her house to “intimidate” her.
“As soon as I tried to open my doors against the governor’s mandate back in May, she came at me with the full weight of the state,” Graham said in the interview. She terrorized myself, she terrorized my stylists and she terrorized my family.”
Graham continued, “She took every government agency she could and she put her full weight into intimidating me into closing, including sending Child Protection Services to my home and threatening the removal of my children.”
Less than three days after Graham publicly opened her salon, Child Protective Services came to her house.
“They opened a full blown case against me that was completely bogus and completely unwarranted. They didn’t close [the case] until I shot back at them with the threat of a lawsuit.”
In May, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health department (OSHA) threatened Graham with a $70,000 fine the day before she was planning on opening her salon, claiming that Graham’s business was a “hazard to the community and employees.”
Graham argued that OSHA did not have jurisdiction because she did not have any employees working for her. However, OSHA fined her $14,000.
“They are continuing to refuse to withdraw it despite the fact that they can not present any evidence that I am an employer, so unfortunately I do have to go to court for that citation,” Graham said.
While Graham has been fighting to keep her business open, Antifa has been running the streets of Oregon, smashing storefronts and looting businesses. The Oregon governor has turned a blind eye to the anti-fascist group, and has focused on keeping Oregon businesses on lockdown.
“Kate Brown, she picked her battle early and she’s running Oregon like a complete dictatorship,” Graham said. “You can watch the news and see what she has done to Oregon residents, it’s appalling. And clearly she believes she has the authority to do so, she came after me with everything she has.”
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