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The Department of Labor very clearly states that an employer may not take tip money for themselves from employees. But what if the employer cuts a specific employee off from the tip pool for disciplinary reasons - assuming the entire tip pool is still distributed amongst the other employees and the employer keeps none for themselves?

  • Does it change if the employee is or isn't earning a tipped (below minimum) wage?
  • If the employee earns tips themselves but has been cut off, are they still required to contribute to the tip pool?
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  • Now if I gave a $20 tip to an excellent waiter, and I’m told that he isn’t going to get the money, what do you think I will do as a customer? There will be a very loud and ugly disturbance in your restaurant.
    – gnasher729
    May 3, 2023 at 13:57
  • @gnasher729 I hope you aren't assuming I'm the employer here.
    – cheezsteak
    May 3, 2023 at 15:09

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