Sidework Scams, Tip Shaving and No Overtime
Over the years, I’ve written extensively about the various machinations restaurant owners employ to pilfer wages and tips from their waitstaff. Whether it’s mom and pop operations or big chain restaurants, many owners seem unable to resist the temptation to steal from their employees; often using tactics like unpaid sidework, tip shaving or not paying overtime to separate you from your hard-earned money. I know from personal experience that servers often feel powerless to stop these illegal schemes, usually chalking it up as the cost of doing business. Well, feel powerless no more. There’s something you can do about it.
Attorney Lou Pechman, a lawyer who specializes in recovering stolen gratuities and wages, has written an excellent article in The Huffington Post about this issue and I think it’s required reading for anyone who slaves in the commercial food trenches.
You can read all about it here.
And if you’re a waiter and feel that you’re getting ripped off by owners and management, I suggest you give Lou’s office a call. His law practice can be found at waiterpay.com. Lou’s been fighting the good fight for waiters for a long time. I highly recommend him.