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This hotel in Canada was just ordered to repay $85k in tips it withheld from workers

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A luxury hotel in Whistler has agreed to repay $85,000 in tips that it wrongfully withheld from workers.

In 2018, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler introduced a new “tipping structure” where banquet staff tips were used to subsidize the wages of managers, which is in violation of the Employment Standards Act.

Banquet staff initially took up their grievances with the Fairmont, but were ignored.

Staff then called the United Food and Commercial Workers union, who intervened on their behalf.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Workers: Don't take our tips<br>Fairmont <takes tips><br>Union: Don't take workers tips<br>ESB: You took $85K in workers' tips<br>Fairmont <repays tips><a href=”″></a> <a href=””>#whyunions</a> <a href=””>#bclab</a> <a href=””>#canlab</a> <a href=””>#ufcw</a></p>— UFCW 1518✊?✊?✊? (@UFCW_1518) <a href=””>January 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

The incident sparked a conversation on Twitter, with several Canadians calling the Fairmont out for withholding tips.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What a greedy thing to do. Makes me wonder when I give a tip electronically. Maybe cash is the only way. I don’t know though as I’ve never worked in food service.</p>— Fuzzy (@brockwilcox) <a href=””>February 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

One user even suggested that the police should have been involved.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Whistler hotel must repay $85,000 in tips used for managers' wages <a href=””></a><br><br>Staff should have called the Police and not the union that is theft! The Fairmont family of hotels should be ashamed of themselves. Greed knows no end! <a href=””>#Fairmont</a> <a href=””>#whistler</a></p>— Bcoutdoorman (@bcoutdoorman) <a href=””>February 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler will distribute $85,000 among roughly 60 employees.Lead photo by 

Fairmont Whistler

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