Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
amys_bakery_owners_5.jpg
The owners of Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro, Amy (right) and Samy Bouzaglatell. (Screenshot)

The owners of Amy's Baking Company could find themselves in legal trouble after it was revealed that they keep tips given to servers.

The owners, Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, admitted on an episode of "Kitchen nightmares" that they pay their servers between $8 and $14 per hour instead of using the standard tip-based pay system used in most restaurants.

In an email, a representative from the Department of Labor said the Bouzaglos could be in violation of the law.

"DOL regulations make clear that under the Fair Labor Standards Act tips are the property of the employee whether or not the employer has taken a tip credit," said Deanne Amaden in an email. "An employer is prohibited from using an employee's tips, whether or not it has taken a tip credit, for any reason other than as a partial credit against its minimum wage obligation to the employee or in furtherance of a valid tip pool (i.e., a pool including only customarily and regularly tipped employees)."

Amaden said the department would need more information about the situation to make a clear decision. She would not comment on if her agency is investigating the Bouzaglos.

Amy's Baking Company came under fire this week after numerous postings on its Facebook page caught the eye of the Internet. The Bouzaglos have since claimed their social media sites were hacked and have filed a complaint with police.

The restaurant is hosting a reopening Tuesday night.

Sandra Haros , Reporter

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.