PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A popular local sports bar chain in Philadelphia is accused of illegally skimming tip money from its waitstaff.

A former bartender’s federal lawsuit claims Chickie’s and Pete’s outpost at Philadelphia International Airport took credit card fees out of its staff’s tips.

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Andrew Laplante alleges he and other employees were forced to pay the bar 2 percent of their total credit-card receipts, in cash, after closing.

The lawsuit says that sometimes resulted in a 10 percent loss of the employee’s wages during the shift.

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Chickie’s and Pete’s spokesman Kevin Feeley, won’t say whether the bar withheld any fees but says it treats employees fairly and with respect.

The U.S. Labor Department is investigating.

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