Former employees claim Baroni’s underpaid them

Baroni’s Pizza violated federal labor laws by paying its delivery drivers less than minimum wage for time spent washing dishes, mopping floors and cleaning out drains, a lawsuit recently filed in district court claims.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it’s legal for employers to require servers and other tipped employees to perform non-tipped tasks, such as making iced tea, setting tables or taking out trash. But if those duties account for more than 20 percent of the workweek, the employer is barred from taking a tip credit for the additional time. In practice, that means South Carolina restaurant workers must receive $7.25 an hour for time spent on excessive chores instead of the tipped minimum wage. READ MORE…

The Post and Courier – Aug 18, 2015