In Hawaii is it legal for your employee to make a mandatory tip out for the kitchen and hostess out of your earned tips ?

My job requires me to tip my kitchen and
hostess a percentage of my tips is that legal in
Hawaii ?

Asked on April 3, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Hawaii


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not legal to tip the kitchen staff, but is likely legal to tip the hostess. Employees who interact with and serve customers in some capacity--including seating them--and who therefore traditionally may be tipped are entitled to a share of the tips: e.g. hostess, waiters, busstaff, bartenders. However, staff who do not engage in such customer service are not entitled to tips.

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