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Published June 14, 2012, 11:55 AM

Former waitress sues Rochester, MN restaurant over tips

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A former waitress is suing a Rochester restaurant, claiming its tip pool was a violation of Minnesota law.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A former waitress is suing a Rochester restaurant, claiming its tip pool was a violation of Minnesota law.

According to a class-action lawsuit in Olmsted County, Natasha Foss was fired for insubordination at the Canadian Honker restaurant. The complaint says it was after she contributed less than the required 2 percent of her total sales to the tip pool on March 7 and March 8.

The complaint says Foss started putting less than 2 percent in the tip jar after learning that the Canadian Honker's tip jar practices might be illegal.

Foss' attorney Steven Smith says the precise number of people who could join the lawsuit is unknown, but it exceeds 30 people.

Restaurant manager Nick Powers tells the Post-Bulletin he's confident the situation will end in their favor.

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