In the current political climate where government agencies shut down small businesses for irrational reasons, an African hair braider’s recent victory in Washington state could signal a turning point for entrepreneurial freedom.
The mission of the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) is to advance public safety and consumer protection. So how did this agency get tangled up in a federal lawsuit about hair braiding?
In June 2014, hair braider Salamata Sylla filed a federal lawsuit against the Washington DOL, because the agency had ordered her to either get a cosmetology license, or shut down her business. Sylla was represented in her lawsuit by the Institute for Justice.