A quick follow up note on the previous thread about sub-minimum wages for tipped employees.
In theory, the way a sub-minimum wage is supposed to work for workers on graveyard and other slow shifts, is that if their wage of $2.13 plus their tips do not add up to the normal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour during any pay period, the employer is supposed to make up the difference. What that means in practice that the employee is left to haggle with their boss over their wages on any given slow shift. It’s a law seemingly purposely designed for abuse. Unsurprisingly abuse is quite high.