July 29, 2016

Ushaben Chudasama came to the United States from India in 1993 in pursuit of a better life. She has been threading for more than 25 years. As a mother of four, she has always hoped to rely on threading to support her family, but she has been unable to work full-time because she cannot afford to take time away from work to complete the state’s licensing requirements. She has always feared that the Board may take action and that she may lose her passion and livelihood.

Ushaben used to thread part-time at the Threading Studio & Spa, often filling in for licensed estheticians when they were unable to work. But after the Board ordered the business to terminate its unlicensed threaders, Lata was forced to reduce Ushaben’s hours, and Ushaben is no longer permitted to thread in the studio. Ushaben has had to work in retail to support her family. She has joined this lawsuit because she wants to pursue her calling without having to satisfy irrational licensing requirements.

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