If your employer or manager has withheld tips from you, please contact our firm to set up a free consultation.
California Law Regarding Tips
Therefore, an employer cannot deduct tips from a paycheck, and cannot credit any tips towards a paycheck.
Tip pooling legal under California law, even though some might argue that this involves your employer (temporarily) taking your property. However, because they cannot keep any of the tips themselves, employers are prohibited from distributing tips to employees in managerial positions, as this would essentially be the employer tipping themselves, and thus, improperly withholding tips. It’s important to remember that your manager cannot take a share of your tips.
Under a recent change to federal law, as of 2018, restaurant may combine all the tips received and then distribute them among servers, bussers, bartenders and hosts. Previously, federal law had been interpreted to exclude cooks and dishwashers from receiving a share of pooled tips. However, California law remains the same.
Lastly, under California Labor Code § 351, if a customer leaves a tip using a credit card, that tip must be paid to the employee at the time of the next regular payday following the date the customer authorized the tip.
The statute of limitations in California for unpaid wages is three years, which can be extended one additional year in certain situations.
If you haven’t been paid your lawful tips, or believe a wrongful termination occurred for demanding your tips, call our employment lawyers for a free consultation (858) 345-6289.
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