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Friday 8 May 2015

The Price of Nice Nails: The New York Times Expose

In an explosive story from The New York Times, by Sarah Maskin Nir, an extensive investigation has been conducted and reported on, finding that manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse.

In New York City, beginners have to pay salon owners for the privilege of doing manicures. This means waiting months before even meriting their eventual starting wage, which amounts to tips plus an average of $10-30 per day.

No American metropolitan area rivals New York for nail salons. Los Angeles and San Francisco, the closest, have about half as many salons per capita.

The publication has spent close to a year conducting a groundbreaking investigation of labour conditions for nail salon workers, and this is first instalment in their “Unvarnished” series.

Are you a fan on the inexpensive nail bar, here in Australia?

What do you think of this story?

The entire post is here.

A worker gives a pedicure at Relaxing Town Nails and Spa in Huntington Station, N.Y.
Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

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