Many restaurants operate tip pools where a number employees, such as food runners and bussers, share in server or bartender tips. Tip pools can be legal, but sometimes restaurants illegally include back-of-the-house employees such as cooks, dishwashers, and janitors. Even bar backs who have insufficient customer interaction may be improperly included in bartender tips. Some restaurants also illegally allow The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits this type of tip theft, and provides protections for server and bartender tips. If you believe your employer is operating an illegal tip pool, contact a wage attorney at Bober & Bober, P.A. at 800-995-9243.