Complaint Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Cosmetologists
- How do I file a complaint? Will you disclose my name if I put it on the complaint form? What happens if I file the complaint anonymously?
- What types of complaints does the board investigate?
- How does the board investigate the complaints it receives?
How do I file a complaint? Will you disclose my name if I put it on the complaint form? What happens if I file the complaint anonymously?
You may file a complaint online or through the mail. The board requests that all complaints are made in writing. The board will not disclose any of your personal information. For general complaints, the board will not disclose your name but may notify the licensee of the complaint and what they need to do to correct the violation.
How does the board investigate the complaints it receives?
Complaints are received by the board. The complaint is reviewed to see if it is within the board's jurisdiction. If it is within the board's jurisdiction a case is opened and a complaint acknowledgment letter is sent to the complainant. It is then assigned to an inspector to investigate the complaint. If there is not enough information in the complaint to conduct an investigation, the supervisor will contact the complainant for additional information. The board may send a letter to the licensee letting him or her know a complaint has been received against them, and ask for a response to the complaint, or the analyst may request an inspection of the establishment depending on how long ago the establishment was inspected and what their violations were.
The complainant's personal information is kept confidential and not released to the subject of the complaint. In cases alleging consumer harm, only the complainant's name is released. If you would like to request a status update on the case, you must leave contact information so the board can send you the case number. Without this number, the board cannot identify you as the individual who initiated the case and will not share any information with you if you inquire about the case unless disciplinary action is taken. No one views this information except the supervisor and inspector and it is not shared with anyone unless you have the case number and can identify yourself.
Complaints can take a minimum of three months to investigate. Once your case is closed, you will be notified by mail or e-mail if you left your contact information on the complaint form (Word).