Surfside Beach restaurant pays $75K in back wages for making workers share tips


SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A Surfside Beach restaurant was ordered to pay more than $75,000 in back wages to workers after the U.S. Department of Labor found the restaurant required the employees to share their tips.

Sarku Hibachi Grill & Buffet, located on Highway 17 Business, ordered 10 employees to share tips with the owner and manager, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The restaurant was required to return shared tips to employees and pay the difference between the hourly wage and minimum wage.

“Restaurant workers are essential workers,” said Jamie Benefiel, wage and hour division district director. “Restaurant owners must understand that keeping workers’ tips or requiring workers to share tips with managers or supervisors is illegal.”

The U.S. Department of Labor also found the restaurant didn’t keep records of work hours of the cooks.

News13 has reached out to the restaurant for comment and are waiting to hear back.

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