Originally Posted by Reality
How do employers pay them less than minimum wage like that? Most waiters and waitresses I have known make minimum wage and rely heavily on tips to complete their deserved salary. I am just curious how employers can get around the minimum wage requirements. That's a little disturbing quite honestly.
It's a muddy water issue. Minimum wage requirements depend on the class of the employee. Employers are not required to meet federal mimimum wage requirements for "servers." IIRC, the actual minimum hourly wage they must pay them is a little over 2 bucks an hour.
However, if the hourly wage in addition to tips received does not total the federal minimum wage, the employer is required to make up the difference.