Employed or Self Employed – put to the test in Beauty Industry

A young mum has won an employment tribunal against her former boss who took 55 per cent of her earnings and failed to pay her the minimum wage before allegedly sacking her by text.


Megan Lloyd, 22, worked for six months as a beauty therapist at The Headonist in Campo Lane, Sheffield city centre, from August 2019 to February 2020.

She was a new mum having given birth to a daughter just a few months prior and was looking to earn some cash to help towards the cost of raising her baby.

However, she ended up earning very little with the owner of the salon, Jordanna Nichols-Turley, taking 55% of her earnings instead of an hourly rate before sacking her when Megan raised concerns.

Megan said in her final month she took home just £104 for four weeks’ work and she claims she was dismissed by text the day after she flagged the issue over her employment to Ms Nichols-Turley.

The claimant questioned her self-employment status as the owner of the salon wanted her to work all the hours on Friday and Saturday rather than coming and going like a self-employed person would. She also questioned her and didn’t accuse her of anything. The claimant was more than reasonable and just asked if the respondent could look into the advice she had been provided and the following day the Claimant was sacked.

The claimant stated that she thought the respondent knew exactly what she was doing and she didn’t like it when somebody called her out on it.

Determined to push for answers and get the money she was owed, the Claimant took her case to an employment tribunal.  She was given £283.38 in respect of the respondent failing to pay her minimum wage, £554.90 as a result of failure to pay nine days’ holiday pay and an extra £4605.54 in compensation for the unfair dismissal.

With an extra £246.40 also given, it meant in total she received just shy of £5,700.

The claimant always said she was keen to win the tribunal to highlight how salons can employ people under a “false employment status”.

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