Nikko Briteramos simply gained a significant authorized battle towards barbershop King of Kuts, who he claims discriminated towards him as a result of he was HIV-positive.
Briteramos, a private coach, was a daily on the institution till the autumn of 2017. That was till a barber disclosed to the store’s proprietor that Briteramos has HIV. When Briteramos got here in for a scheduled October appointment, the barber got here out to him and knowledgeable him to depart and never return to the store.
“‘Don’t fear in regards to the different occasions I minimize your hair, however I can’t minimize your hair anymore. I’ve a number of celeb clientele,’” Ramos recounted in regards to the change. “After that, he shook my hand, and I checked out him, and I simply form of walked away.”
Consequently, and after a prolonged court docket battle, Briteramos will obtain $80,000, in accordance with Out.com. A decide dominated final week that the barbershop will even have to pay out $75,000 in further court docket charges to the plaintiff, who filed a lawsuit towards King of Kuts in 2018 alongside Lambda Authorized, an LGBTQ authorized rights advocacy group.
Briteramos’ lawsuit alleged that the barbershop’s denial of service violated the People with Disabilities Act in addition to California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.
King of Kuts reportedly by no means responded to the go well with, prompting Briteramos’ authorized crew to request a default judgement earlier this 12 months. The store additionally didn’t reply to that request, leading to a judgment within the private coach’s favor.
Apparently, this isn’t the primary time Briteramos has been in court docket over his HIV-positive standing. Again in 2002, he was a part of a high-profile South Dakota case wherein he was sentenced to jail for exposing his then-girlfriend to HIV.
On the time, he was solely 19 years outdated and performed faculty basketball. The case drew worldwide consideration as activists identified the racists and homophobic parts working through harsh partner-notification legal guidelines.
Briteramos later pled responsible to 1 rely of “Intentional Publicity to HIV” and obtained a suspended sentence of 5 years, 120 days in jail, and 200 hours neighborhood service plus fines. He was finally arrested for violating the phrases of his probation for testing optimistic for marijuana and subsequently spent 18 months within the South Dakota State Penitentiary.