Somewhere along the road to fame and fortune a good percentage New Yorkers pause to work as waiters. But due the byzantine system of laws governing their wages and tips, many of these hardworking plate slingers end up getting ripped off when it comes to their take-home pay.
“I would suspect more than half of the restaurants in New York City are either intentionally or unintentionally committing some violation of the wage and hour laws every day,” Labor lawyer Louis Pechman told NY Metro. To help servers get fair shake Pechman launched Waiterpay.com.
The site covers everything from laundry bills for dirty uniforms (a waiter cannot be billed) to the intricacies of dividing the evening’s tip pool (managers don’t get a cut).
Back in 2007 Pechman won a $3.5 million judgement over stolen tips at Spark’s Steakhouse, so the website is more than just a public service, it’s also the perfect way to find new clients.