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Settlement With Tattoo Studio For Alleged HIV Discrimination

July 25, 2022

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California has settled a claim that Luna Tattoo Studio discriminated against a person with HIV in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Luna is a tattoo studio located in San Jose, California. The Department of Justice received a complaint from a prospective customer who is HIV-positive. After telling the tattoo artist at Luna that she is HIV-positive, her appointment was cancelled. In refusing to provide service, the tattoo artist told the woman that the possibility of the tattoo artist performing tattoo services on her made other artists at Luna Tattoo “very uncomfortable.” Title III of the ADA prohibits public accommodations, such as tattoo parlors, from excluding people with disabilities, including people with HIV, from enjoying the services they provide.

For more information, see the U.S. Department of Justice press release