Chickie’s & Pete’s have admitted to nothing…

But they are going to pay almost 7 million smackaroos to past servers for shorting them on their tips. Yes. STEALING their tips. Apparently it’s OK for an employer to take a “tip credit” (whatever that is) but then a base rate of $2.13/hr must be paid. Along with stealing 60% out of the shared “tip jar,” the establishment were basically a-holes in every way possible. They even made the servers go to the ATM to get cash to put in the tip jar to cover those tips that were put on credit cards (Lesson for you: always tip in cash!). Get a load of this crap, too:

“…servers and bartenders were paid only a flat rate of $15 per shift at all locations except for Chickie’s and Pete’s airport establishment, according to the [Dept. of Labor]. That amount was not sufficient in all cases to even cover the minimum cash wage of $2.13 per hour that must be paid to a tipped employee when an employer claims a tip credit under federal law. Additionally, the employer allegedly failed to pay the required overtime wages to these employees when they worked in excess of 40 hours in a week. Investigators also determined that employees were not paid for time spent in mandatory meetings and training, and were improperly required to pay for uniforms.”

How dickish can you be? Apparently, lots. Along with the millions, Chickie’s & Pete’s has to pay $50,000 in fines. The fries are good, but they ain’t that good. Maybe they should change their sign from this:

Chickie's and Pete's banner

to this:

made the Crab from an angel into a devil, put a bag of money in it's claw. Changed name from "Crab House & Sports Bar" to Crap Louse and Shorts Bar

Buh bye, Cheater’s & Pete’s. Lots of other places to eat.

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