Tampa Bay Brewing Company paying employees $70K in back wages for allegedly giving tips to managers

Cans of Reef Donkey, produced by the Tampa Bay Brewing Company.

The Tampa Bay Brewing Company will pay tens of thousands of dollars in back wages to its employees over alleged minimum wage and overtime violations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).  

Brewland Development LLC -- which operates as Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Tampa, Florida -- has agreed to pay $70,575 to 36 employees, the restaurant confirmed to Fox News. 

According to a press release from the Department of Labor, Tampa Bay Brewing Company “illegally included managers in the restaurant’s tip sharing arrangement,” which violates the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

That violation meant the restaurant had to make “retroactive payment of the full federal minimum wage” to some workers.

The Department of Labor also said Tampa Bay Brewing Company “incorrectly classified one manager as exempt from overtime, when the worker did not meet the legal requirements for an exemption,” the press release said. 

Because of that incorrect classification, that employee wasn’t paid overtime when they should have been, the department said.

However, the restaurant still agreed to pay the back wages, Tampa Bay Brewing Company confirmed to Fox News.

“We processed our repayments along with the Department of Labor to make sure that all of the employees that they believed to be affected will receive their payment in a lump sum via a check in the mail,” a spokesperson said in an email.

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