The owners and operators of Hollywood Beauty Salon are facing a proposed collective action filed by two former employees who claim they are owed unpaid wages. The women say they worked at the Brooklyn salon without being paid the federally mandated minimum hourly wage or time-and-a-half overtime wages, on top of other potential state labor law violations.
The first plaintiff was employed as a manicurist and hairstylists’ helper and put in between 58.5 and 77 hours of work per week, the suit says. At the beginning of her employment, the woman allegedly received a fixed weekly salary of $300, but by the end, the defendants supposedly paid her 50 percent of “the total amount of money she charged for her work,” which the suit says ranged from $350 to $550 per week.
The second plaintiff, a hairdresser, was compensated according to a similar pay structure, with 50 percent of the total amount she charged ranging between $300 and $350 per week, the case says. She claims she worked at least 74 hours per week throughout her employment and at times worked up to 102 hours during a single week.
The lawsuit argues that the plaintiffs’ wages failed to meet the minimum hourly standard and didn’t include time-and-a-half wages for overtime hours. Adding to the alleged underpayments, the case claims the defendants refused to reimburse the women for purchases they made with their own funds for items they needed to perform their jobs, such as hair dryers, brushes, scissors, hair products, and nail products. Further, the defendants supposedly failed to provide them with accurate wage statements detailing their hours and rates of pay, keeping them in the dark regarding the salon’s potential labor law infractions.