I work in a pretty upscale restaurant in Boston that doesn't allow wait staff to keep their own tips. All tips go into a tip pool that is split between the waiters, the hostess and the expediter on duty. I have a problem with this because the hostess and expediter don't even serve the customers. Also, if I do a great job and earn a 20% tip I don't want to share with other waiters who may not do such a great job. It seems to be a disincentive to some of the wait staff because they figure that even if they don't do a good job and get tips that are 15% or even worse it will all balance out in the end because they share tips with the better waiters who work hard for bigger tips. So is it legal in MA?
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