For a few years now, Westport’s nail salons have been “06880”‘s version of a big piñata. They just sit there — dozens of them* — waiting for me to whack away.
But the New York Times‘ recent expose of that city’s nail salon industry — detailing near-slave working conditions, exposure to dangerous chemicals and more — is no laughing matter.
Alert “06880” reader Mary Lynn Halland took note of the Times’ stories too. Turning to Westport, she writes:
I wonder if any of our nail salons will step up and announce that they 1) only employ licensed nail technicians; 2) pay minimum wage, plus overtime; 3) don’t charge employees for a job and/or training; 4) provide adequate ventilation, especially when working with acrylic nails, etc.
I have never had a manicure (or pedicure), so I am no expert on this. But I’m sure many “06880” readers are.
Did the Times story make you think twice about your Westport nail salon? Have you asked the owners about their practices? Would you? Should you? If so, can you share their replies with the “06880” community?
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Sure, manicures are important. But so are the lives of the women who provide them.
*See? I can’t help myself.