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Bridging the divide: Tip pooling and wage inequality

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by Dana A. Kravetz and Lara A. H. Shortz
Nation's Restaurant News
April 26, 2017

Dana Kravetz and Lara Shortz's article, "Bridging the divide: Tip pooling and wage inequality," was published in Nation's Restaurant News on April 26, 2017.

From the article . . .

While it's common knowledge that those in the chain of service – waitstaff, captains, bussers, bartenders and runners – are the beneficiaries of tipping and associated tip pools, most diners have no idea that it's against the law for gratuities to trickle down to so-called “back-of-house” workers – chefs, cooks, dishwashers and porters.

In 2011, the Department of Labor issued regulations that prohibit employers from forcing tipped employees to share gratuities with non-tipped staff. In 2016, the Ninth Circuit upheld that rule in Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association v. Perez.

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