Norris Sydnor III will not rest until he puts the "man" in manicure.
The 43-year-old Mitchellville, Maryland resident is suing local Rich's Nail Salon for $200,000 (that's $100,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages) after being charged one dollar more to get his fingertips cleaned up last December. Note that the brochure does clearly state manicures for women costs $9 and for men, $10.
Sydnor told myfoxdc.com, "I was angry. I was humiliated....The big deal is that I feel like I'm being discriminated based on my gender. There's nothing to say that my hands or my nails are different than a woman's nails. Nobody measured my hands, no one measured my fingernails."
His lawyer, Jimmy Bell, aptly added, "Rosa Parks paid the same amount of money but was required to sit in the back of the bus. My client paid more money for less services because he didn't get polish, he didn't get clear to go over the polish."
So far, a judge issued an injunction ordering the salon not to charge men more money for its services. The case will go to trial July 21.