The owner of a Sunset Boulevard nail salon has struck a compromise to end a discrimination suit filed by the city of West Hollywood over the salon’s refusal to give a pedicure to an AIDS victim, the owner’s lawyer said Tuesday.
Jessica Vartoughian agreed to pay legal costs and to recognize the constitutionality of an ordinance protecting AIDS patients from discrimination, said attorney Paul J. Geragos.
He said the agreement does not contain an admission of wrongdoing by Vartoughian or her employees, but is “merely an expression of the desire to terminate continuing criminal prosecution.”
The case was filed by the city in December, 1986, after Paul Jasperson, 37, a hairdresser afflicted with AIDS, complained that he was refused a pedicure. The ordinance prohibits businesses from denying employment, housing and commercial services to people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Jasperson is also appealing a civil suit against the nail salon.