New York, Combating Worker Abuse, Mandates Salon Owners to Secure Wage Bonds

For nearly six years, Silvia Gonzalez opened the doors of Romy’s Nails in Brooklyn at about 8:45 a.m. and left more than 12 hours later, six days a week. She performed manicures and pedicures with no lunch break, making $55 a day, or about $4.50 an hour. After Ms. Gonzalez had worked there four years, her pay increased to $80 a day, which was still below minimum wage. She recalled hearing her employer often proclaim to workers, many of whom were working illegally in the country, that no one could win against him in court. Ms. Gonzalez proved him wrong. Sort of.

Last week a judge in Federal District Court in Brooklyn awarded Ms. Gonzalez, 49, and her daughter Martha Mendoza Gonzalez, 30, who also worked at the salon, more than $200,000 in wages owed and other damages. But their lawyer has said collecting that amount from the defendant in the case, Romelia Agudo, will probably be difficult.(Read Full Article Here)