Restaurant ordered to pay more than $157,000 for keeping workers’ tips, officials say

Federal officials say a North Carolina restaurant that kept workers' tips has been ordered to pay more than $157,000

 Federal investigators have ordered a restaurant in North Carolina to pay thousands of dollars back to its workers.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Mugen Inc., operating as Jay’s Kitchen in the Goldsboro area, kept a percentage of its employees’ tips

Tipped workers in the food services industry rely on their hard-earned tips to make ends meet,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Richard Blaylock

Officials said a federal investigation recovered $157,287 in back wages for the restaurant’s 65 workers

“Tips are the property of the worker, and under no circumstances may employers keep any part of their employees’ tips,” Blaylock said


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