Workers at Toronto celebrity chef Susur Lee’s restaurants have accused management of charging them for mistakes. CBC Toronto reports. Former employees at Fring’s, Lee, and the now-closed Bent say the restaurants docked their tips for infractions that included spilling a drink, bringing the wrong item to a table, or sending the wrong order to the kitchen — a practice that is forbidden under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act.
Former Fring’s bartenders Dylan Turner and Taylor Davis presented CBC Toronto with the receipts to prove it. On a tip envelope, a total amount of $528 is written out, followed by a subtracted IOU of $101.70, which Turner believes was taken because a group walked out on their check. Turner says he received the reduced sum of $426.30 as his total tips for that week.
IOUs added up to an average of $50 per week, according to Davis. Sometimes, management would deduct the full price of a meal, while at other times, workers would be charged “only” what it cost to make the food or drink they needed to replace. Staff, Davis says, were “terrified” of making mistakes. -Eater