Tip-Splitting and Wrongful Termination
A former waitress sued MKT Law’s restaurant/bar client in outstate
MN for tip-splitting and wrongful termination in the amount of about $112,000.00,
which—if Plaintiff prevailed—would be doubled under the statute
and have attorney’s fees added to it, for a total over $300,000.00.
After a week-long trial, the jury found no wrongful termination occurred
and Plaintiff was not fired for reporting or refusing to work due to the
tip-splitting policy, but found a violation of the tip-splitting statute—which
the restaurant/bar argued did not apply because the restaurant/bar employees
worked as a team, but otherwise admitted. The jury awarded Plaintiff only
about $1,500.00 for violating the tip-splitting statute, no back wages,
no future wages, no past emotional distress, and no future emotional distress damages.