L.A.’s Nail Salon Industry

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Americans spent more than $9 billion on manicures and pedicures last year. Much of that money was dropped in California where we have more nail salons than any other state. A recent New York Times investigation found that nail technicians in New York City faced rampant wage theft, long hours with no breaks, and dangerous working conditions. New York Governor Mario Cuomo ordered emergency protections for nail salon workers this week after the stories were published. Today, we look at whether conditions in L.A. are any better.

Credits

Guests:
Gina Szeto - Asian Law Caucus, Catherine Porter - California Healthy Nail Salons Collaborative

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal