By Associated Press - Friday, May 2, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor says Roy’s restaurants in Hawaii violated wage laws.

The department said Friday Roy’s Holdings Inc. has agreed to return nearly $137,000 in tips and pay about $88,000 in back wages to 326 tipped servers.

Allegations included tipped employees were paid less than minimum wage and forced to pay part of their tips to non-tipped kitchen staff earning at least minimum wage.

Roy’s attorney Michael Lam says there are inaccuracies in the department’s claims. He says a stocker position earned $7 per hour and shared in a tip pool. He says servers were not required to share their tips with kitchen staff.

Lam says a stocker is an entry-level position that helps the wait staff and their pay increased to $7.25 after the department raised concerns.

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