NY1 has it today that Upper West Side destination Telepan faces a disgruntled wait staff, upset that management insists on cutting managers into the tip pool.
Former and present staff members claim huge portions of their tips are being taken by management. When the waiters sat down with "NY1 For You," all but one asked the station to hide their identities for fear of retribution.Indeed, the policy is quite opposite of those used at most of the cities biggest restaurants. For example, Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyer's restaurant collection, divides tips among hourly employees only; a similar compensation plan is used at Myriad Restaurant Group, Drew Nieporent's outfit. At Telepan, look for a policy change by week's end or, in the case that this is part of a larger cashflow issue at Telepan, some serious attention from the Deathwatch Committee.
“It's infuriating,” said one employee. “We work extremely hard. We work long hours and then to have someone who's not doing anything basically taking our money from us.”
“It's outrageous, it's unfair,” said Joseph.
And, according to the New York State Labor Law, it’s illegal. The waiters say they only make $4.60 an hour, so tips are crucial.
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