Two lawsuits filed against business for wage payment violations

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 31, 2018

WHEELING — Two women are suing Cirque De Cheveux after they claim it violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Laurie Carr is doing business as Cirque De Cheveux.

Linda Jones and Angie Figaretti were employed by Cirque De Cheveux, according to the two complaints filed in Ohio Circuit Court.

Jones was employed with the defendant from December 2015 until November 2017 and she claims the company improperly forced her to accept payment of wages on an IRS 1099 basis even though the company maintained the right to control her work. She claims she never once received a pay stub or earning statement for the first 1.5 years of her employment and she eventually demanded to be put on payroll instead of being paid 

After demanding to be put on the payroll, Jones received only half of a pay stub and not the other half, according to the suit. There also remained a significant discrepancy between the wages she earned and what the company reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Jones claims the IRS stated she earned $19,000 when she was only paid $10,608.97.

Figaretti claims she was employed by Cirque De Cheveux from May 2017 until November 2017. She started as an hourly employee with commission but did not receive her first wages and earning statements until October 2017.

Figaretti claims the defendant also failed to correct the amount she was owed and her employment ended on Nov. 16, 2017. She did not receive her final wages until Dec. 12, 2017, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim Cirque De Cheveux violated West Virginia code, including the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and liquidated damages. They are represented by Teresa C. Toriseva and Joshua D. Miller of Toriseva Law.

Ohio Circuit Court case numbers: 18-C-256, 18-C-257

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