More employees have accused Hair Cuttery’s owners of intentionally refusing to pay them for the work they did in the week leading up to the chain’s coronavirus closures, even though the salons profited from it.
At least 500 Hair Cuttery employees in Florida are still waiting for their April 7 paychecks, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Angela Miller and Madelyn Mirabile collectively sued Ratner Cos. and Creative Hairdressers Inc., which own and operate Hair Cuttery locations nationwide, under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.
It is the second proposed class action this month to accuse Ratner Cos. and its executives of stiffing employees during the pandemic.
Three other Hair Cuttery employees in Florida, Maryland, and Virginia have since joined that suit, which alleges that Ratner didn’t pay employees for hours worked from March 15 to March 21, when it closed its salons due to Covid-19, and misled them about their ability to use paid leave.
Since that lawsuit was filed, other Hair Cuttery employees in Illinois, Florida, and Virginia have also told Bloomberg Law that they didn’t receive any wages for work that week and haven’t been allowed to use their paid time off during the closures. One employee in South Florida said April 8 that she didn’t receive her commissions, despite earning the salon more than $1,200 that week.
It’s not entirely clear whether the companies treated everyone as alleged in the lawsuits. One salon employee in New Jersey told Bloomberg Law that that salon’s workers were able to keep their tips that week.
It’s “selfish and unlawful,” to withhold earned and “desperately needed” wages, Wolfgang Florin of Florin Gray Bouzas Owens LLC, which represents the plaintiffs in the Florida case, said Tuesday. These employees went into the salons “as this crisis deepened, risking themselves and their families’ well being,” to serve customers and generate revenue, he said.
The companies haven’t responded to requests for comment.