Complaining of unsanitary practices?

by Dani
(Ft Lauderdale)

I had a job at a salon as a nail tech. I got fired and banned after I complained to the board of cosmetology about unsanitary conditions and people being aggressive towards me. I just got hired in another salon which is also unsanitary and giving away disease, with no hot water pedi chairs. According to the statutes we're practicing with filthy and wrong conditions.

I want to make another complaint but the board has let me down. I'm wondering if I should just quit my job and never work in the industry again. The beauty industry is discriminatory to new techs and this is what we face and get fired for complaining.

I'm so overwhelmed and disappointed. I'm also angry to have learned so much and that the board neglects these unfair practices. Can I sue these bad salons who practice giving away disease? What can be done about this?

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ANSWER for "Complaining of unsanitary practices?":

Dani (Ft Lauderdale):

Under state and federal "whistle blower" statues you may have some protection against an unjust firing resulting from your filing complaints with state authorities. Your former employer does have a right to ban you from her premises. If you choose to ignore the ban you may be subject to arrest for trespassing.

While you are certainly well within your rights to file complaints against your employers, you may not also be entitled to sue them for the unsanitary practices you allege. Other than action under the whistle blower statutes you may not have a legitimate civil action against your employers unless you can show they injured you in some way.

Under the circumstances, it doesn't appear you sustained any injuries resulting from your employment or the unsanitary action of your employers.

It would be in your best interest to consult with several attorneys about your rights under whistle blower statutes. If the attorneys believe you have a strong case they may agree to accept your case on a contingency basis. This means you won't have to pay any legal fees until, and unless your attorney wins your case, or settles outside of court.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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