A former employee of an Olathe, Kansas, waffle venue has brought a collective action against his employer alleging that it reported inaccurate tip earnings so that it would appear that his total earnings were compliant with the federal minimum wage. Spears v. Mid America Waffle House, Inc., No. 11-2273 (D. Kan., filed May 2010). Jared Spears, who was paid an hourly wage of $2.13 plus tips, contends that when he complained about the issue, he was given fewer hours to work and his wage “was further reduced by a mandatory meal credit that was deducted from his compensation whether he ate a meal or not.” He claims damages in excess of $75,000 and seeks injunctive and declaratory relief.

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