Waiting tables at posh hideouts like Loeb House and the Harvard Faculty Club might sound like a sweet gig, but the glory of feeding brilliant minds just isn’t compensation enough. Servers are filing suit against Harvard, saying that they haven’t been properly tipped, even though Harvard tacks on a hefty 18 percent surcharge to all meals.
According to the complaint, Harvard uses that surcharge for operating expenses, and even when guests do tip, those funds do not go to the staff. Harvard, on the other hand, says that Faculty Club employees make more than double the industry average, plus health care, access to child care, paid vacation, and tuition assistance.
Hmm. Health care or tips: What’s more important?
Faculty Club Employees File Tip Law Suit [Crimson]