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Nail Salons Under Scrutiny After New York Times Exposé

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A recent New York Times investigation of New York’s nail salons exposed the industry’s harsh treatment of its workers, including nonpayment of wages, toxic chemical exposure and physical abuse. The report found that the manicurists, who are mostly immigrants, have little recourse against exploitative owners. In light of the Times’ investigation, we look at the workplace and environmental protections in place in California’s nail salons.


Julia Liou, Asian Health Services Planning and Development director and co-founder of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative

Terrena Atchison, owner of Nails by Lisa

Juliann Sum, chief of the California Division of Occupation Safety and Health

Gina Szeto, staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus

Steve Sleeper, executive director of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA)


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