AN OWNER of one of the most expensive hair salons in the city routinely belittled an African-American hair stylist with racial comments and blasted her for bringing in black and Hispanic clients instead of white ones, a lawsuit charges.
“Black hair doesn’t pay the bills in here,” George Casson, a part owner, is accused of telling stylist Zandra Bennett.
Bennett is suing Orlo, a Meatpacking District salon that charges $800 for a haircut and has celebrity clients like Jennifer Connelly, Kirsten Dunst and Naomi Campbell.
According to court papers, Bennett started as an assistant in April 2010. She was promoted to stylist five months later.
Stylist Orlando Pita, part-owner of his namesake Orlo salon, works on Naomi Campbell’s look. Despite the supermodel’s appearances at the salon, an ex-stylist says in a discrimination suit that she was told by Pita’s partner that “black hair doesn’t pay the bills in here.”