In Orlando, a pair of restaurant workers are suing their former employer, Hard Rock Cafe (the biggest one in the world, btw), alleging that the company ripped them off by taking their tips and divvying them up among the kitchen staff. That's illegal, says their attorney, Sam J. Smith. In fact, for nearly three years, the pair say they were paid less than minimum wage.
The complaint says that Hard Rock tried to cheat servers and bartenders by taking a tip credit allowable only when the servers and bartenders are allowed to retain all of their tips or where a tip pooling arrangement is instituted among employees "who customarily and regularly receive tips."
"In this economy, servers and bartenders need all the tips they can get. Hard Rock should have known that a tip-sharing arrangement that included kitchen staff violated Florida and federal law."
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