California woman denied manicure over lupus scars, she says: 'I've never felt more like a leper' - World Truth

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Friday, July 13, 2018

California woman denied manicure over lupus scars, she says: 'I've never felt more like a leper'

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Brown specifically has “discoid lupus,” which, to put it simply, means she is “allergic to the sun,” she said.

“I was born and raised in Laguna Beach – there is no amount of sunblock or umbrellas [to prevent the flares],” she said, adding that she proudly sports her scars “rather than covering up my life.”

“The scars on my skin get red when I go outside,” Brown said, explaining that she doesn’t currently have any new “eruptions,” nor did she at the time she went for a manicure.  

“I showed her my hands and she still denied me,” she said.

Attorney Scott Wellman said in a statement to Fox News on behalf of the salon that the business followed the California Board of Cosmetology’s code which states, in part, "No person ... shall perform service upon a surface of the skin or scalp where such skin is inflamed, or broken ... or where a skin infection or eruption is present."

"We at Happy Nails feel bad for the customer that presented with Lupus disease. We do not discriminate at Happy Nails. The customer interpreted our inability to work on her nails as discrimination," the statement reads.

"I’ve never been discriminated against or so humiliated in my life."

- Jeniffer Dreyer Brown

Wellman added separately that "the workers are very hard working immigrants that would want nothing more than to provide the service."

"However, they must follow the mandates of the law," he continued.

Still, Brown doesn't plan on returning to the salon, despite the fact she had been there “multiple times” before the incident. She also hopes her experience will raise awareness about lupus.

“I’ve never been discriminated against or so humiliated in my life,” Brown said. “There’s no reason that anyone should feel that way.”

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.