“Medical devices”

Five women sue New York over tampon tax

Women protest the tampon tax in Paris. (JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

A group of five women filed a lawsuit against the state of New York on Thursday, challenging its tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. The suit alleges that the fact that tampons and sanitary pads are not classified as “medical devices” (which are exempted from tax), while products as dandruff shampoo, facial wash and adult diapers are, creates a double standard which is discriminatory towards women. “Tampons and sanitary pads are a necessity for women, not a luxury. There is no way these products would be taxed if men had to use them,” Zoe Salzman, a lawyer for the women said in a statement. The suit also claims millions in restitution for the women who have been unfairly targeted by the “illegal sales tax”. “It’s time for New York to stop taxing women for being women,” lead counsel Ilann M. Maazel, lead counsel told CBS. “We hope this case will be the beginning of the end of the Tampon Tax in this country.”

Read the full story at CBS News.

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