Nail Salon Workers fight back, but not with scissors
This week a jury in a Long Island United States District Court found a nail salon chain owner guilty of violating labor laws, including retailiating against four employees, and failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. The lawsuit was filed by workers in 2009 said the owners paid far less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and they worked more than 40 hours a week. The owners of Babi Nails, Kui and Cho must now pay the six plantiffs approximately $250,000 for damages, plus liquidation damages and lawyer fees.
The victory is part of a push to organize salon workers across the city with immigrants from China, Korea, Nepal and countries in South America. The plaintiffs in the suit approached the Chinese Staff and Workers' Association for help.