We have repeatedly pointed out that employers have a legal obligation to pay their employees the minimum wage and that, except under certain conditions, employers cannot pocket their employees’ tips. Another court confirmed that this obligation applies to many employers.
A federal court in California just approved a $12.9 million settlement for exotic dancers who worked at 15 night clubs where the owners wrongly took their tips, failed to pay them wages equal to the minimum for all hours worked, and committed other labor law violations.
Recoveries like this are certainly not limited to exotic dancers. If you work in any industry – particularly the restaurant industry – and the owner of the establishment where you work is pocketing your tips or failing to pay you the minimum wage, your employer may be violating your rights under state and federal labor law.
Please contact us to discuss your legal options.