ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A popular restaurant in Rochester is being sued by a former waitress, claiming its tip pool was a violation of the state's law. The restaurant making headlines is the Canadian Honker and the distraught former employee is Natasha Foss.
Troubles began to unfold in early-March. According to class-action lawsuit, Foss was fired for insubordination at the Canadian Honker March 9th, after failing to contribute the restaurants required 2-percent of her total sales to the tip pool. The complaint said Foss started putting less than 2-percent in the tip jar after learning the Canadian Honkers tip pool might be illegal.
According to Minnesota Rule 23, stated in the complaint, it is illegal for the Honker to require employees to contribute any or all of their tips to a fund for the benefit of the business or other employees.
Legal documents say up to 30 people could join in on this lawsuit against the restaurant.
The Canadian Honker declined to comment on the issue, and our calls into Foss' attorney, were not returned.
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