How Monroe nail salons settled labor violations last winter

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Early last December, a red stop-work order was taped onto the front entrance to Royal Nails & Spa at 380 Monroe Turnpike. It was one of seven town nail salons cited by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

MONROE, CT — Seven nail salons, temporarily shutdown by the state for labor violations last December, all reopened after paying thousands of dollars in civil penalties and recovered wages.

The Sun recently received a summary of the outcomes for each business from Juliet Manalan, a spokesperson for the Connecticut Department of Labor:

Oscar Nails, 150 Main St.: A stop work order was issued on December 2, 2021, and released on Dec. 9. Workers’ compensation coverage was verified and a $3,900 civil penalty was paid.

Polished Nail & Spa, 435 Main St.: A stop work order was issued on December 2, 2021 and released on Dec. 7. Workers’ compensation coverage was verified and a $7,800 civil penalty was paid.

JJ Nails, 494 Main St.: A stop work order was issued on December 2, 2021 and released on April 4, 2022. Workers’ compensation coverage was verified and a $23,400 civil penalty was paid.

Royal Nails Plus Spa, 380 Monroe Turnpike: A stop work order was issued on December 2, 2021 and released on Dec. 6. Worker’s compensation coverage was verified and a $10,200 civil penalty was paid. Wages were also recovered in the amount of $7,184.24 for two employees.

Golden Nails, 838 Main St.: A stop work order was issued on December 2, 2021 and released on Dec. 3. Workers’ compensation coverage was verified and a $7,800 civil penalty was paid. Wages were also recovered in the amount of $1,578.79 for one employee.

Echo Spa & Nails, 588 Monroe Turnpike: A stop work order was issued on December 2, 2021 and released on Dec. 6. Workers’ compensation coverage was verified and a $15,600 civil penalty was paid.

Monroe Nail Salon, 450 Monroe Turnpike: A stop work order was issued on December 2, 2021 and it was released on Dec. 3. The CTDOL Wage and Workplace Standards Division recovered wages in the amount of $1,656.74 for three employees. A $19,500 civil penalty assessment was paid.

Late last year, town police officers assisted a wage enforcement officer as she did inspections of the businesses on Monroe Turnpike and Main Street.

“I can’t say with certainty that all shops that were cited by the Department of Labor for violations were exploiting their workers, but there is enough evidence that most were,” John Salvatore, the police chief at the time, said in a Sun article posted on December 4, 2021.

“The fact that the employees are not properly recorded in the state and not adequately compensated is human exploitation,” Salvatore said.

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