HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor says Roy's restaurants in Hawaii violated wage laws.
The department said Friday Roy's Holdings Inc. has
agreed to return nearly $137,000 in tips and pay about $88,000 in back
wages to 326 tipped servers.
Allegations included tipped employees were paid
less than minimum wage and forced to pay part of their tips to
non-tipped kitchen staff earning at least minimum wage.
Roy's attorney Michael Lam says there are
inaccuracies in the department's claims. He says a stocker position
earned $7 per hour and shared in a tip pool. He says servers were not
required to share their tips with kitchen staff.
Lam says a stocker is an entry-level position that
helps the wait staff and their pay increased to $7.25 after the
department raised concerns.
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