Mary Kay Hit With Class Action In NJ Over Employee Policies

Law360, New York (September 29, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT) -- Cosmetics retailer Mary Kay Inc. was hit with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Monday by state residents who worked for the company, saying they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees and unfairly forced to purchase company merchandise as part of their employment.

The suit, launched on behalf of New Jersey-based Mary Kay product sellers, alleges the cosmetics company has violated the New Jersey Wage Payment Law by regularly requiring non-negotiable payments under threat of termination from class members for materials Mary Kay created and sold, such as marketing materials, uniforms and the company's retail merchandise....

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