The state Department of Motor Vehicles has been hit with a $5 million discrimination lawsuit for refusing to give a man with AIDS a license plate reading “HIV POS.”
“I expected to encounter some bigotry, but I didn’t expect it at the state DMV,” said Kevin Dimmick, 40, of Kensington, who sued on Friday in federal court.
Dimmick, leader of a support group for HIV-positive heterosexuals, was denied the personalized plate because it “would be offensive to a significant number of Californians and insensitive to many people with HIV,” said DMV spokesman Evan Nossoff.
Last year, the department withdrew a plate reading “HIV NEG” after receiving complaints.
“The California license plate is not the place to fight our culture’s rhetorical battles,” Nossoff said.