Houston Lawyers for Tip Pool Violations
Employment Lawyers Holding Employers Responsible for Tip Pool Violations
At the law office of Shellist Lazarz Slobin, our Houston tip pool violation attorneys hold employers financially liable for tipping pool violations in Texas. If you believe your employer wrongfully distributes proceeds from a tip pool to non-tipped employees or themselves, contact tip pool violations lawyers at Shellist Lazarz Slobin today. A Houston employment lawyer from our firm can answer those questions.
Tip Pool Distribution
Working as a tipped employee has its perks, but dealing with a tip pool can be extremely challenging. Tip pools are not always handled in the most professional manner, either because employers aren’t aware of the proper protocol or they simply chose to ignore the rules in favor of their own system. When tips are gathered together and distributed unfairly, it can result in major issues, including loss of wages.
If you think you may be the victim of tip pool violations, find out how to identify the issue and discover what you can do to protect your rights. Contact our Houston tip pool violation lawyers at (713) 352-3433.
Wage Requirements for Tipped Employees
As a rule, all workers must be paid the federal minimum wage, unless those employees are tipped. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees are legally allowed to pay their employees less than minimum wage if the employees receive tips from customers in return for the service they provide. Some examples of tipped employees include restaurant servers, bellhops, bartenders, and furniture movers.
The FLSA established a federal minimum wage that must be complied with even if individual states do not have a minimum wage law. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. However, an employer can pay an employee less than the minimum wage if the employee is a “tipped employee”—someone who receives tips from patrons in return for a service they provide.
In order to comply with FLSA requirements, employers must tell servers tips will be used to meet minimum wage requirements. Additionally, a server must regularly earn at least $30 per month in tips. Lastly, servers must be allowed to keep all of their tips, unless there is a tip pool for other tipped employees. When employers use a tip pool to pay non-tipped employees or when they take tips for themselves, they are in violation of FLSA requirements and liable for damages.
Whatever employment issues you face, you can find the answers you need by contacting our Houston employment attorneys.