My employer won't pay us minimum wage, what do I do?
September 2, 2007 10:22 AM Subscribe
My employer (a restaurant) does not pay me or any of the other employees minimum wage. Help!
posted by tumbleweedjack to Work & Money (18 answers total)
We are in San Francisco, and as far as I know California does not allow a service wage for tipped workers. Management, however, insists that since we make so much money in tips and never walk home with less than 20 an hour, they don't have to pay us minimum wage. So, instead of making San Francisco's minimum wage of 9-something, we get 6-something.
Three dollars an hour of wages really adds up in the long term and I and the rest of my coworkers are really frustrated because nobody wants to cause a fuss and get fired, but we'd also all really like to get paid what we're guaranteed by law.
Additional Info: the employees of this establishment's location in another city sued for this very reason, and won.
Ideally I'd like to just call and tip off some hotline, because none of us has the money lying around to hire a lawyer. What do I do?