Some time back a friend who runs several restaurants explained how he collects a large chunk of tips given to his coat checkers. He said the coat check person at some of his units can get tips in excess of $160 on a weekend night, and the job doesn't warrant that level of pay. Instead, his coat checkers are paid an hourly fee ($10) from the tips and management gets the rest. I was reminded of this policy after recently reading that a settlement of $3.9 million had been reached over a ...

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