Legal ServicesWage and Overtime ClaimsMinimum wage violations for restaurant workers


Restaurant workers are entitled to protections from employment violations.

However, restaurant workers are more vulnerable than most employees to be the subjects of these types of violations, largely due to the way in which they are paid. For instance, tip credit and tip pooling systems, in addition to other practices, often result in restaurant workers receiving less than the minimum wage for their services.

As a restaurant employee, you deserve to make at least minimum wage; thus, if your employer is engaging in practices that deprive you of this right, you can take legal action to fight for the wages which you should be rightfully paid.


Restaurant workers may be subjected to minimum wage law violations in a number of different ways, all of which can have substantial effects on their bottom line. Some of the most common of these include:

  • Tip credit systems which do not meet the requirements of the law
  • Tip pooling systems which improperly include employees who do not perform normal tip earning services
  • Tip pooling systems which provide compensation below the minimum wage
  • Unlawful deductions from employee pay for lost or damaged property

Any of these violations of minimum wage laws can result in employees being paid far less than they deserve, something for which employers should be held accountable.


If your employer is not paying you the legal amount, we are here to help you regain your lost wages and bring your employer to justice.

Determining whether your job duties qualify under the minimum wage laws can be difficult.

Fortunately, Habush Habush and Rottier can help to clarify the issue and help you seek your unpaid wages if you are not an exempt employee. If you or someone you know is a restaurant worker who believes that you have been paid less than the full amount to which you are entitled for your services according to the law, we can help. Contact Attorneys Jason Knutson or Breanne Snapp at Habush Habush & Rottier today at 608-255-6663 to gain a deeper understanding of your employment rights and learn about how we can fight for you.