My employer (a winery) currently charges an 18% "gratuity" (NOT service charge) for events (usually weddings). The event staff does not get any portion of this gratuity, instead it goes back to the house. This is illegal, right?
In addition, we are required to split the tips we receive during the wedding (this is a small amount) with the event manager. I understand that this is against the law as well.
Do I need an attorney to pursue this or can I just go to the labor board? This is a large chunk of change for some of us employees.