New Jersey’s Cosmetologists Association is in the middle of a contract dispute with the state’s Office of Professional Licensure (OPL), which is seeking to impose fees and other restrictions on the profession.
The Cosmetologist’s Association (CAA) filed suit on Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court, claiming that the OPL has failed to protect the profession’s “constitutional rights” and that the cosmetologist licensing board is “an unelected body without meaningful representation and oversight.”
The Cosmological Society of America (CSSA) is also part of the suit, which was filed in March.
The Cosmetologist’s Association says the board “has not properly exercised the authority of its charter” and has been “unilaterally and capriciously” restricting the profession and its members.
The board has also denied the CAA’s request for a hearing, and the CPA’s president, Richard L. Stemple, says the CSA and CSSA are not at war with each other.
Stemple says he will not defend the board’s actions because the organization is not involved in the dispute.
The suit says that the board is violating the Cosmetological Society’s charter and the Cosmologic Profession Act, which states that the Cosmatologist’s Licensorship Board has “the authority and authority of a body of licensed cosmetologists, to issue, amend, and revoke licenses.”
The suit says the cosmological profession is currently undergoing a “continuous review” by the board and that its license has been suspended indefinitely.
The suit further states that since the board has been appointed, it has not held any public hearing.
The CPA has been involved in similar disputes over the past decade, but in each instance the CBA intervened.
The cosmologic profession has been granted a license in every state except Nevada and Wyoming, and has remained on the books in other states where the CDA was signed.
The board’s decision to suspend the cosmology license came as a surprise to the CCA.
In a statement on Tuesday, the CAB says that it “strongly disagrees” with the board decision.
The association claims that the suspension was “arbitrary and caprice,” and that “there is no legitimate reason” for the board to do so.
The cosmetological profession has a long history of lawsuits, including a 2007 case involving an Oklahoma woman who sued her husband’s doctor after he performed a hysterectomy on her.
The Oklahoma Court of Appeals overturned that ruling, ruling that the husband’s doctors were “not responsible for the surgical procedures performed by his wife.”
The case was appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which found the doctor did not have the legal authority to perform the surgery.