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    I work at a restaurant and they take 2.5% of your sales from your tips and gives it to the host and bartender. Sometimes this comes to $30 or more. They do this so that way they can pay the host and bartentder less of an hourly wage. If you don't make enough to cover it, you have to take it out of your pocket. It does not seem right for a large company to take money from the employees to pay other employees for their services. I get fraustrated because I loss about $150.00 to $200.00 week to pay this. I know if I don't like I can quit, but the problem is still there. This is a francise and I work in Illinois.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Generally speaking, requiring tip pooling is not illegal and is actually quite common, especially in high-end establishments. However, that pool has to come from tips you actually receive, not from your own pocket; that part is definitely illegal. You can contact the state Dept. of Labor to file a complaint.
    Last edited by Pattymd; 01-10-2006, 03:11 AM.
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