NY Times’ Exposé on Nail Salon Labor Abuses Gets Results, Fast

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency order Monday to address labor abuses in the nail salon industry, a rapid response to the New York Times’ exposé on the subject last week.

Via la dame grise:

Effective immediately, he said in a statement, a new, multiagency task force will conduct salon-by-salon investigations, institute new rules that salons must follow to protect manicurists from the potentially dangerous chemicals found in nail products, and begin a six-language education campaign to inform them of their rights.

Nail salons that do not comply with orders to pay workers back wages, or are unlicensed, will be shut down. The new rules come in response to a New York Times investigation of nail salons — first published online last week — that detailed the widespread exploitation of manicurists, many of whom have illnesses that some scientists and health advocates say are caused by the chemicals with which they work.

The Times’ piece last week got a lot of attention, not only for its explication of the salon industry’s brutal exploitation of workers but also its innovative use of multimedia and translations. The article was published simultaneously in four different languages, including those accessible to salon employees. This was all a fine example of what one scribe recently called internal journalism.

[h/t New York Times]
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