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Should any jobs be eligible for tip-only compensation?

To hear Quansa Thompson talk of her life as an exotic dancer, to listen to her describe how men offer cash as she sashays, gyrates and jiggles the night away, is to evoke a thousand titillating thoughts, not a single one having anything to do with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

That is, until Thompson brings up the Depression-era law, which she discovered last summer after being fired by her then-employer, the House, a den of prurient entertainment on Georgia Avenue NW. Thompson is suing the House in U.S. District Court, alleging that the club pays dancers no wages, but ought to under the law. The club has denied the charge. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 12, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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some restaurants like chilli's calculates the amount of tips from receipts regardless if they got that amount or not...
if you had a bad day, you could have a tax liability from 10 customers who left you no tip...
now thats not fair...
how many politicians used to go to camelots or joannas and make friends with the strippers...
these girls know the ropes, how to mask their identities, their income and how much to declare so that they can get away with it...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 14, 2010 5:44 AM

btw, I know because I knew one of them...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 14, 2010 5:45 AM

Dwight, I seriously don't think Chili's is being unfair, for most restaraunts including our own, tips are based on sales because reporting by each employee is less than stellar, Any place with a POS system can retrieve tip % easily, Yes there are days when your guests don't tip well but there are other days when it works the other way, usually by alot more. After all, life is inherently unfair. One just has to remember to be appreciative when life is unfair in your favor and not just complain when it isn't.

As far as those who mask things, can't argue with you there.

Posted by: job22 | March 14, 2010 10:15 AM

Absolutely yes! Some people would make more than they do now if they simply asked people to pay them what they thought was right, instead of an hourly wage.

The article is slanted, using a job that most of us would consider to be degrading.

Some of the comments are about cheating the tax system. Reporting tips is just the "tip of the iceberg". :-)

Posted by: schafer-family | March 14, 2010 2:03 PM

Here's an idea. Let the restaurant tip its employees and add the tip to the customer's bill. Then customers wouldn't have to figure out tips, employees would get their tips every time, and there would be no guesswork in keeping records.

Posted by: cogito1 | March 14, 2010 2:44 PM

If people will work for tips only, then it sounds fair to me. Perhaps if a law requires otherwise, the restaurant should say "Well, we'll pay you a salary, but since you are the smiling face for the owners and many workers, we'll take half your tips."

Posted by: Nemo24601 | March 14, 2010 5:00 PM

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