Can an employer take tips from a cashier?(Please read)?

So my girlfriend works at “El cometa” in El Paso, Texas.

I know there’s laws about tip-pooling but this doesn’t seem to fit into that. 

Quick backstory: a waitress who is the store manager’s wife complained that she was not getting “enough tips”. So as you may wonder, the shift manager for my girlfriend’s shift always tries to please his boss. 

The way that specific “El Cometa” works is that there’s 3 waitress’ (let’s call them team A). 

2 cashiers and 1 “corredera”(team B)(sorry I didn’t know the English word for that).  

The waitress’ (Team A) always keep their own tips and the two cashiers and the corredera (Team B) always sum their tips and split them between just them. Seems fair.

Now, since the waitress complained, the shift’s manager said that team A’s tips will stay the same but team B will only get half of the tips they all made together and the other half will be given to team A so that they split it.

Sorry if it was confusing. I’ll be answering everything as soon as I can. Thank you for your time!

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  • 2 months ago

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  • 2 months ago

    Call legal aid,  they are in the phone book. There's something wrong about what the business is doing.  It may need to be reported to your state's Department of Workforce Development.  The business isn't in compliance with laws regarding tipped employees. 

  • Eva
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Normally, cashiers aren't tipped. In many states, servers are paid less per hour and there is a "tip allowance" built into their wage to bring them up to at least minimum wage in that state. Cashiers are paid at least minimum wage with no tip allowance. Then there's the issue of credit card tips. You'll have to look at your state's labor laws to determine if the arrangement is legal.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    cashiers do not get tips at 99% of places so yes.

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  • 2 months ago

    In my understanding, as long as the workers are making the equivalent of minimum wage, tips can be split any way that the owner/manager seems appropriate. Some places do not allow their workers to keep any tips at all. 

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