- Jul 20, 2011
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West Springfield IHOP to Pay More Than $100,000 to Settle Allegations
Good. WTF was he thinking, screwing workers over like that??Workers deserve to be paid all of their wages, including tips, AG Coakley said. Restaurant employees should not have to front the business costs of the restaurant out of their pay.
The settlement agreement requires the employers of the West Springfield IHOP location, RME Enterprises and its president and treasurer Robert Max Evans, to pay more than $100,000 in restitution and penalties and to comply with the states wage and hour laws.
In November 2010, the AGs Office began an investigation into the business practices of RME Enterprises in response to a complaint received through the office of Senator Gale D. Candaras. The employee alleged numerous wage violations, which include:
The complainant further alleged that an employee was terminated on the day she resisted paying out of her tips the full bill of a customer who left without paying.
- Wait staff were required to pay from their tips the full meal costs of customers who left without paying their bills;
- Wait staff were required to share their tips with non-wait staff;
- Employees were required to pay from their wages the full meal costs of any meals for which a mistake was alleged to have been made;
- Employees were required to pay from their wages for breakages of dishware, the amount of which was determined by the employer based on dish type;
- Employees were subject to meal deductions from their wages when no meals were eaten, consent was not given generally, and at times when consent was specifically and affirmatively withheld;
- Employees work time, and thus wages, were shaved to account for alleged meal break time, when meal breaks were not taken generally and at times when employees specifically and affirmatively noted they took no break