State shuts nail salons over accusations of wage violations

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut labor officials have shut nearly two dozen nail salons, recovered more than $47,000 in wages allegedly owed to employees and penalized businesses $100,000 for alleged pay and records violations.

The Department of Labor said Monday it responded to complaints from nail salon employees about health and employment practices.

Unannounced visits on Aug. 3 resulted in stop work orders on more than 20 nail salons in Branford, Darien, Hartford, New Haven, Southport, Stamford and Westport.

Gary Pechie (pee’-shee), director of the Labor Department’s wage and workplace standards division, said workers were paid in cash with no payroll records, wages were below the hourly minimum wage of $9.15, and overtime was unpaid.

A representative of the Nail and Spa Association of Connecticut did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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