Southport salon subject of recently filed lawsuit
SOUTHPORT — The Total Look Salon & Spa and its Chief Executive Officer Cher Anderson have been named in a lawsuit that alleges Anderson didn’t pay workers for mandatory training and staff meetings.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, accuses the salon and Anderson of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Connecticut Minimum Wage Act.
The lawsuit alleges that Anderson held roughly 12 hours of training held for employees each month, but did not pay her workers to attend the training sessions. It also alleges that employees were required to work on at-home training assignments to practice their technique for a grade for about an hour a week. They apparently were not paid for this work.
“Total Look failed to pay its non-exempt employees for training sessions, training-related assignments and office meetings,” alleges attorney Gary Phelan in the lawsuit.
U.S. Department of Labor Regulations require employers to pay their employees for mandatory training and meetings.
Phelan is representing Nicole Johnson, a former assistant stylist at the salon. She worked at the salon for about 18 months before her employment terminated in March — though it was unclear whether Johnson or her employer were responsible for the termination.
According to the lawsuit, employees also worked overtime and were not paid the proper time-and-a-half pay for those overtime hours.
There was no estimated total for the wages and additional costs Johnson is looking to receive through the lawsuit.