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Restaurant Employee Rights


Many food industry employers, such as restaurants, are guilty of wage theft.

Please contact us if you experience any of these or other issues with your pay:

  1. Overtime not paid when you work more than 40 hours in a work week.
  2. “Overtime” paid at a rate of less than 1.5 times your regular hourly rate.
  3. Deductions for mistakes (breaking dishes, cash register shortages, dine and dash, etc.).
  4. Tip pool sharing with management, cooks, dishwashers and other non-service positions.
  5. Vacation time not paid when you leave (regardless of whether you quit or got fired).
  6. Unpaid work by working off the clock or performing side work, etc. after you have already punched out.
  7. Deductions for common expenses which reduce your wages below minimum wage.
  8. Performing more than 20% of your hourly work to non-tipped work (like cleaning or side work).
  9. Time stealing by rounding hours against you or automatically deducting breaks, end times, etc.