State board paid $100K to resolve salon owners' bias claims

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Posted: Sep 29, 2017 4:20 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Court papers show Louisiana regulators agreed to pay just over $100,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit that accused state officials and inspectors of harassing and discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners.

Records filed in federal court didn't disclose any terms of the settlement agreement in June. But the deal's monetary value is mentioned in a document obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

The settlement proceeds went to four salon owners and their attorneys. The deal resolved their claims against the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology and two inspectors.

The plaintiffs claimed the board disproportionately targeted Asian-American salon owners for frequent inspections, fines and disciplinary hearings because of their race. Board lawyers denied there was any evidence of racial bias in their regulatory activities.


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