Azena Nail Spa is the 2nd Westport salon to be slapped with a Stop-Work order by the state Department of Labor.
Like Posh at the other end of town, Azena — next to Barnes & Noble — was charged with “misrepresenting employees as private contractors.”
unlike Posh — near Whole Foods — Azena actually followed the order, and shut its doors.
A handwritten sign above the official notice reads:
For some reason we close today! Sorry for all the inconvenience!! And we will open tomorrow!
(Photo/Dr. Edward Paul)
An alert “06880” reader emailed yesterday. She noticed a “Stop-Work” order taped to the front door of Posh Nail & Spa, next to Whole Foods, and wondered what was up.
I checked it out today. There it was, bright red and very official looking:
Dated yesterday (August 3), the notice from the State Department of Labor Wage & Workplace Standards Division explained the violation: “Misrepresenting employees as private contractors.”
It added that if an employer conducts business operations in violation of the stop-work order, a penalty of $1,000 a day would be assessed.
Posh Nails doesn’t care.
As I took photos of the notice, 3 customers opened the door and walked right in.
An employee — perhaps an owner or manager (definitely not a private contractor, though) — came out.
When I asked if they were open, she said yes.
When I said, “What about this notice?” she said “No comment.”
Then she took my picture too.