A Maui restaurant has been ordered by the feds to pay up for short-changing 120 of its employees. The Pineapple Grill at Kapalua must pay nearly $113,000 in tips, back wages and damages.
A Labor Department investigation found that tipped employees were not making minimum wage and were also having to share tips with the kitchen staff. The investigation also found that servers had to report to work before starting their shifts and work the extra time without getting paid.
"Employers must count and pay for all hours worked by employees, including required duties that occur before and after the servers' scheduled shift," said Terence Trotter, the division's district director in Honolulu. "The Fair Labor Standards Act also prohibits any arrangement between employers and tipped employees where any part of the tip received from the customer becomes the property of the employer."
Tasks assigned to servers who were not on the clock included cleaning glassware, filling salt and pepper shakers, and polishing the silverware.
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