Salon Settles Overtime Suit for $750K

By on March 5, 2013

On February 26, 2013, former employees of Natalie Salon in California settled their class-action lawsuit for $750,000. The original suit was filed in September 2011, accusing the nail and beauty center owners of failing to pay overtime and meal breaks as well as confiscating a portion of tips.  The lawsuit also made allegations of the owners “unlawfully deducting amounts from employee wages for minor infractions like dropping nail polish.”

Salon employees are sometimes not only at risk of labor law violations, but also health risks. A serious issue came to light recently due to the popularity of keratin treatments that expose salon workers to harmful formaldehyde.  The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and several OSHA agencies, including in California, Oregon and Conneticut, are investigating the products and health concerns. The Federal Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter for one particular keratin product Brazilian Blowout which purported to be formaldehyde-free but was not.  Salon workers should be aware of their rights and report on any potential violations.