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Waikiki beauty salons settle federal wage claims

A company that operates beauty salons in major Waikiki hotels has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a wage dispute.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that From Y’Z Corp. will pay $75,000 in minimum-wage and overtime back pay to 44 employees at its salons in the Sheraton Waikiki and Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Another $75,000 will go toward damages.

The department says that from August to 2009 to September 2013, salon employees were regularly required to work through unpaid lunch breaks.

Owner Yasutaka Noguchi’s attorney declined to comment Friday, saying he may comment at another time.

Department spokesman Jose Carnevali says the company operates Naillabo nail salons in each hotel. It also operated the Creave hair salon in the Hyatt, which has relocated.

Hotel representatives didn’t immediately comment.

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