Restaurant servers are paid a subminimum wage of $2.13

Posted 4.21.2018

No tipped employee can ever legally earn less than the minimum wage, period. Tipped employees must earn at least $7.25 per hour (or the applicable minimum wage) through a combination of the direct cash wage from their employer and tips they earn. If the combination of the direct cash wage and tips does not equal or exceed the minimum wage, the restaurant must compensate the tipped employee to make up the difference. In the end, the tipped employee legally must make at least $7.25 (or the applicable minimum wage) when their tips and the employer’s cash wage are added together, and many make significantly more.

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