While a renowned sushi hotspot in Los Angeles was reportedly cited for labor law violation not more than a couple of months ago, a New York sushi restaurant on the other hand was recently removed the tipping practice for wait staffs.
Several media sources have confirmed that New York’s famous sushi hotspot, Sushi Yasuda, has removed tipping to its service crews since its staffs are fully compensated by their salary.
In fact, in the restaurant’s printed receipt, instead of the usual line that can be seen written on its bottom part, where diners write in their tip amount, the restaurant has printed the statement below:
“Following custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staffs are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore, gratuities are not accepted. Thank you.”
Sushi Yasuda workers receive their salary with a benefits package complete with vacations days, sick leave, and health insurance. Although tips may still be accepted, the same went directly to the restaurant, not to the wait staffs.
Generally, most restaurants use tips as an excuse to pay their service crews less. In addition, 90 percent of servers across the country do not get health insurance through their employers. As a result, server’s poverty rate is almost tripled that of the entire workforce which eventually leads to labor strike.
So far, many upscale restaurants have likewise eliminated tipping practice and instead, they use a flat service charge that can then be distributed equally among the staffs. However, it remains to be unpredicted if this practice will soon to become the norm of remain to be an exception in an unjust labor industry.
Meanwhile, in California, tips for wait staffs are highly recognized since the state understands that it is one of the primary sources of income that should not be taken away from the laborers in the food industry. Under the California employment laws, if an employer unlawfully collects tips from the wait staffs, the latter have the right to file a labor complaint, explained by a Los Angeles labor lawyer.