Many industries, especially those of service, employ a system of earning tips from satisfied customers who want to show their gratitude for particularly good service. As the system is set up, some employees even receive more money from their earned tips than they do from their regular wages. What many people don’t realize is their tips are protected under employee rights, which is why it is essential you remain aware of the legal practices to prevent being taken advantage of.
As a tip-earner, you may be required to pool your tips with other employees, and even be paid a lower minimum wage because of this. While there are various tip pooling practices that are legal and reasonable, it is vital you keep your eyes open for what may be a violation in the legal sense.
The following are the most common tip pool violations in the workplace, including but not limited to:
- Employees who do not regularly receive tips, such as cooks or dishwashers, are being required to share their tips
- Employers, such as managers or supervisors, are including themselves in the tip pool
- Employees are not able to keep the full minimum wage
- Employees are required to pay more into the pool than necessary
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If you believe your workplace is a perpetrator of tip pool violations, look no further for a trusted Houston employment lawyer than ours at Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP. We refuse to sit back and watch you be taken advantage of as an employee, which is why we want to be your strongminded and aggressive legal advocate. Don’t let another minute go by without enlisting in the proper legal counsel, care, and representation you deserve.
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