The central problem with the idea of tipped employees in the US is access to justice and fluctuations in tips.
The premise behind the idea is to enable employers to pay their service employees less than minimum wage because their wages are made up for by the tips.
But there are two huge problems with this
* Tips are not guaranteed. Social pressure makes them likely, but not certain
* If the employee doesn't get enough tips to technically have made minimum wage, what can they do? Are they going to demand the employer pays the difference?
What if the employer says no - what is the employee going to do? Start a class action lawsuit to get their money back?
Given the difficulties in accessing justice and the fluctuations, the class of tipped employees isn't fair. People should be paid minimum wage.
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