An Oregon salon owner who opened her business against the state’s lockdown orders claimed that Governor Kate Brown retaliated against her family in what turned out to be a $100,000 lawsuit—detailing the damages she experienced due to extended closures and exorbitant fines issued against her, according to Fox News.
Glamour Salon owner Lindsey Graham reopened her salon in May and received a fine of $14,000 from the state. Graham claimed that Brown began to personally “terrorize” her family, and threatened to place her children under the care of Child Protective Services to “intimidate” her into closing her salon doors.
“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 told “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday.
“She terrorized myself, she terrorized my stylists, and she terrorized my family. She took every government agency she could, and she put her full weight into intimidating me into closing, including sending Child Protective Services to my home and threatening the removal of my children.”
It was only three days after Graham publicly reopened her salon that Child Protective Services showed up at Graham’s home and “interviewed my children without my presence,” she said.
Fox News reported that Graham added that they “opened a full-blown case against me which was completely bogus and unwarranted, and it didn’t come until I shot back at them with a threat of the lawsuit” that they eventually backed down.
The suit was filed on December 18, explaining how the government shutting down private businesses “caused greater negative health effects on Oregonians in the form of increased stress, anxiety, and depression,” KATU reported.
Graham went on to explain that Brown does not have the authority to keep businesses closed down, especially ones that can show that they are able to operate and follow the government guidelines that had been previously laid out.
Fox News reported that Graham claimed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed her case, referring to her business as a “hazardous facility” for her employees.
Oregon instituted strict lockdown orders back in March, attempt to stifle the spread of the novel coronavirus through its “Stay Home, Save Lives” initiative.
After close to two months of government-sanctioned lockdowns, Oregon allowed limited reopening in May: Counties were made to demonstrate a declining prevalence of COVID-19 as well as extensive contact tracing.
Graham’s attorney claimed that the state government was attempting to “make an example” of her. Brown’s office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.
The state of Oregon has faced a number of challenges and contradictions since the riots broke out at the end of May following the death of George Floyd. There was no concerted effort on the part of the state’s law enforcement to reel in those who consistently rioted and damaged property night after night for several months. It is unclear why Governor Brown would advocate for shutting down small businesses in the name of the virus while simultaneously allowing members of Antifa and BLM gather in large groups, damage property, and violate coronavirus protocols.