The True Cost of Your Pedicure

  1. Pay for the cost of services using a check made out to the salon or credit card. Do not pay in cash, unless it is for tips. Forcing more of the transactions to be on the books will inevitably encourage greater accountability.
  2. Try to schedule an appointment rather than be a walk-in customer so workers can be ensured a more steady workload.
  3. If you are comfortable, engage the nail salon worker and find out if they are paid an (unlawful) commission system of 60–40%. They may not even know that it is likely an illegal pay structure (unless workers are also guaranteed minimum wage and overtime for all hours worked, inclusive of required meal and rest breaks).

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Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL)

AJSOCAL is the nation's largest legal aid and civil rights organization serving the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community