Abusive Working Conditions in NYC Nail Salons

business_ethics_highlights_2You don’t have to go overseas to find abusive working conditions. And yes, technically these young women do the work “voluntarily,” but they may have few options in life, and may be in precarious situations, for various reasons, that make them easy prey for unscrupulous employers. >>>

The Price of Nice Nails: Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found. (New York Times)

…largely overlooked is the rampant exploitation of those who toil in the industry. …a vast majority of workers are paid below minimum wage; sometimes they are not even paid. Workers endure all manner of humiliation, including having their tips docked as punishment for minor transgressions, constant video monitoring by owners, even physical abuse. Employers are rarely punished for labor and other violations…..

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  1. It is absolutely disturbing that these conditions continue to persist in the 21st century. Under the pretenses of “providing jobs”, these “cartels” exploit human lives for the sake of absolute greed. Unethical and inhuman to say the least…

  2. Pingback: What the NY Times Got Wrong About NY Nail Salons | Business Ethics Highlights

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