A Sydney barber fighting a sex discrimination lawsuit for refusing to cut a female client’s hair has received thousands of dollars in support via a crowdfunding campaign.
Sam Rahim created the GoFundMe to help with covering the high legal costs attributed to his case, which he says are “more than we have ever anticipated”.
“I firstly would like to thank everyone for the support thus far as it has warmed my heart,” he wrote.
“The [crowdfunding] goal is for the legal fees that we are facing to pay.”
To date, the campaign has raised almost $13,000 of its $50,000 goal.
According to Nine News, Mr Rahim’s is accused of gender discrimination for allegedly refusing to cut a girl's hair at this Hunters Hill barbershop back in December, prompting the girl’s mum to allege a breach of the Sex Discrimination Act and file a complaint in the Federal Circuit Court.
"It has been really hard on my family but the support from my local community has warmed my heart," Mr Rahim told Nine.
"It's just costing us so much money and we don't know when it's going to end.”
Mr Rahim said his refusal of service was because he was trained as a barber, and not a hairdresser.
However, in a statement supplied to Nine News, the complainant maintains Mr Rahim never spoke of issues regarding his qualifications.
"Mr Rahim's explanation was that he wished to keep his barber shop for boys and men only. He never said he was not qualified to cut women or girls' hair, as he has incorrectly reported to the media,” she said.
"The matter remains before the Court and it is inappropriate for me to provide any further comment at this point in time."