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KOGO News Radio: Assemblyman: Nail Salon Workers Frequently Underpaid, Overworked

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Immigrant nail salon workers are overworked and underpaid, according to one state lawmaker who is trying to help protect workers' rights.

The language barrier is one the biggest obstacles immigrant workers face. That is why Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting is excited that his bill to protect them, AB 2437, is moving on to the state Senate after passing the Assembly in a 50 to 27 vote.

"To educate nail salon workers about their worker rights. Often times, we have nail salon workers who complain about being confused whether they're independent contractors or actual employees," said Assemblyman Ting.

During an Assembly Floor Session, Ting stated employees are often times overworked and underpaid.

His legislation would require nail salons to post signs about basic labor rights in the language that salon workers can understand.

According to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, California has over 95,000 licensed nail salon employees who often speak very little English and are not aware of their rights.

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