New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that 143 nail salons — most of them in New York City — have been ordered to pay $2 million in unpaid wages and damages to employees. But the state assemblyman who sponsored legislation last year to combat worker abuse in the industry said those figures show wage theft for nail salons is not as serious an issue as was believed.
“New York State is cracking down like never before on the unscrupulous individuals that take advantage of the hardworking people they employ,” Cuomo said in a statement. “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work is a principle that this state was built upon, and this administration is committed to stopping employers who exploit workers and deny them what they are rightfully owed.”