Restaurant employees say they're being cheated on tips

New York lawmakers held a news conference with restaurant employees regarding the practice of tips being withheld.

April 29, 2012 5:16:20 PM PDT
New York state lawmakers are considering legislation that would bar restaurant employees from suing to collect tips they were cheated out of receiving.

Waiters, bartenders, and kitchen staff gathered Sunday in Lower Manhattan to protest the legislation.

They say many popular catering halls require customers to pay mandatory gratuities, but the money never reaches the workers.

"The gratuities were supposed to be going to us through the service charge and we didn't receive a dime," said John Michael Cohan, a bartender.

"This isn't just about money, it's about principle. It's about what's right and wrong."

The State Senate could vote on the legislation as soon as Monday