San Jose casino can force its dealers to share their tips with all employees, court rules
Source: San Jose Mercury News
The Bay 101 casino can require its cardroom dealers to share tips with the entire operation's employees, rejecting the dealers' bid to take their case to trial, a state appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
In a unanimous decision, the 6th District Court of Appeal found state law permits casinos such as Bay 101 to enforce such tip-pooling arrangements, a common practice in the restaurant industry, where waiters, waitresses and bartenders typically share their customer bounty.
... The dealers filed a class-action lawsuit in 2006, arguing that Bay 101 was illegally seizing their tips by forcing them to share with hundreds of other employees, from the casino's deli to its hair salon. Bay 101 required dealers to offer a set amount, such as $2.50 per hour, for non-dealer employees from their tips, which court papers show ranged from $750 to $1,500 per week.