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Minnesota Supreme Court affirms MFLSA: Employers can’t force employees to share tips

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The Minnesota Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to lawsuits against employers that fire workers who refuse to share their tips with other employees or the employer.

While the case deals specifically with Minnesota’s law allowing workers to retain their tips, the reasoning likely will be extended to lawsuits against employers that fire employees for refusing to acquiesce to other employer requests they consider improper.

Recent case: Todd worked as a bartender for Bunny’s Bar and Grill in St. Louis Park for eight years. Todd refused when a manager told him “he needed to give more of his tips to the bussers, and there would be consequences if that did not happen.” A while later, the two co-owners of the restaurant informed Todd that he “was being terminated because he was not properly sharing his tips with other staff.”

Todd sued, alleging that Minnesota wage-and-hour law prohibits employers from requiring em...(register to read more)

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