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.READ MORE: Photos Capture Smoke Billowing Out Of Center City High Rise
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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Fast Storm System To Bring Snow To Parts Of Delaware Valley Sunday Evening
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.
(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)MORE NEWS: All 100 Lab Monkeys Accounted For After Several Escape Pennsylvania Crash