Binghamton, NY asked in Employment Law for New York

Q: My employer hired me and several others without licenses to work in a salon, she also never paid me hourly

One person had hourly and my boss took it away. I got just 50% the hairstyle not including the hair, accessories, or products. I also ran the food market in the back which they said was illegal. And they never paid overtime. I also had to work open to close everyday because it was just me. I also had no training. She just said learn on YouTube. I had to split my pay when I needed help with a braid or 2 but when I'm doing over half there clients head I don't get any of their pay. And then I asked for one day off to go to the dentist after having an infection for weeks and she said yes and then fired me for taking the day off. And she tries to hook everyone up with her family members. She even gave me a day off for going on a date with her cousin. So if I get a lawyer will she have to pay me back for all the time I worked and didn't get hourly and get in trouble for hiring me without a license. Or will I get in trouble for taking the job offer knowing I don't have a license.

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Brian Greben
Brian Greben
  • Great Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: If you worked at this person's salon you were owed at least minimum wage, with "time and a half" for overtime for all hours worked after having already worked 40 hours per week. And if they didn't pay you, you're probably also owed liquidated damages equal to the compensatory damages. And you may also be owed statutory fines for their failure to provided you with mandatory documents. You should reach out to an experienced labor/employment attorney.

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