Nail salon workers take to the streets to educate employees on their rights

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Nail salon workers teamed up with the Department of Consumer Affairs Tuesday to educate fellow nail techs on the rights they have in the workplace.

Members of the Workers United New York Nail Salon Workers Association took to the streets to emphasize their cause. The groups passed out "Workers Bill of Rights" in 12 different languages, giving them to nearly 100 salons.
 

Workers United indicates 80 percent of nail salon workers are women, and 79 percent are foreign-born. The group's efforts tried to educate those groups on minimum wage, workplace discrimination and the city's paid sick leave law.

Workers United notes that the median yearly income for nail techs is just over $21,000, and an average employee works over 10-hour shifts. They say that often results in wage theft.

The DCA and the workers association also encouraged workers to get in contact with them if they feel they've been a victim of illegal practices.

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