Surfside Beach restaurant to pay more than $ 75,000 in back wages after forcing waiters to share tips


SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Surfside Beach restaurant will pay more than $ 75,000 in back wages for breaking federal labor laws.

According to a press release, the Wages and Hours division of the United States Department of Labor has opened an investigation into Sarku Hibachi Surfside Beach Inc., operating as Sarku Hibachi Grill & Buffet.

The investigation found that the restaurant’s waiters, who were paid an hourly wage of $ 3.00 or less, were forced to share tips with their employer and manager, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

As a result, the employer is required to return shared tips and pay servers the difference between their hourly wage and the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 an hour for all hours worked, the release said.

Investigators also found that the employer did not keep records of the cooks’ hours of work.

In total, the division recovered $ 75,953 in back pay for ten workers from the employer for its violations of federal labor laws, the statement said.

“Restaurant workers are essential workers. They work hard for their tips and rely on them to pay their bills and feed their families, ”said district manager of the wages and hours division, Jamie Benefiel in Colombia. “Restaurant owners need to understand that it is illegal to keep tips from workers or require workers to share tips with managers or supervisors. The US Department of Labor is just a phone call away if an employee, manager or restaurant owner needs clarification. “

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