A proposed class action alleges salon chain Frederic Fekkai New York LLC unlawfully skimps employees on minimum and overtime pay.
The plaintiff in the case, a former nail technician, claims she worked for the defendant in several of its New York locations, including at the Bergdorf Goodman Department store on 5th Avenue, the Chanel store on 57th street, and the now-closed salon in the Henri Bendel store on 5th Avenue, from 1993 to 2018. According to the 20-page complaint, the woman regularly put in 30 to 35 hours per week and clocked between 45 and 50 hours for one to two weeks per month.
The plaintiff alleges Frederic Fekkai not only paid her less than minimum wage for many of her hours but failed to compensate her at all for some of the time she worked that did not fall within her regular schedule. Moreover, the woman claims the defendant refused to pay her at the statutory time-and-a-half overtime rate when she worked more than 40 hours in a week, and unlawfully retained six percent of her tips.
According to the complaint, the defendant eventually fired the plaintiff in retaliation for complaining about the withheld tips.