The owner of a local waxing spa is mounting a public campaign to clear the name of his business after he was served a human rights complaint for denying
service to a transgender woman.Jason Carruthers, the president of Mad Wax on Walker Road, said he was surprised at the legal move since he had explained to the complainant that the
spa did not offer Brazilian wax services on male body parts.“I have no male wax staff,” Carruthers said Friday. “We are not able to provide that service.”
A local transgender woman claims she was denied services based on her gender identity and gender expression and is seeking $50,000 for “immense harm to my dignity.”
The complainant, who has asked to remain anonymous, said she called the spa March 17, 2018, to inquire about services for a transgender woman. Following a conversation with an employee, she asked to speak with the owner. Carruthers said he called her back and explained that the female employee working that day was a practising Muslim who refrains from physical contact with males outside of her family.