A nail technician at Ella Bliss Beauty Bar in Greenwood Village has sued her employer claiming the chic salon steals from her and other manicurists by taking their tips, not paying overtime and forcing them to do janitorial work without pay.

Manicurist Lisa Miles on Thursday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver seeking class action status and claiming Ella Bliss Beauty Bar, 8575 E. Arapahoe Road, “systematically stole” employees’ wages.

“It is my belief that the owners of Ella Bliss have a preconceived notion that those of us in the cosmetology industry lack a formal education and are not a viable threat to their unlawful business practices,” Miles said Thursday. “My hope is that this lawsuit will enlighten them to the contrary.”

Miles is seeking her own back wages as well as pay taken from all Ella Bliss technicians.

Salon co-owner Peter Koclanes on Thursday said he could not comment. “We don’t have any knowledge of this lawsuit.”

The website for Ella, which also has locations in Denver and Highlands Ranch, says the beauty bar invokes a party atmosphere with fun, laughter and cocktails: “Our beautiful, distinct & exciting Beauty Bar blurs the line between peace and pampering, luxury and affordability, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Business


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