My question involves employment and labor law for the state of: Indiana
I recently got a job at a small restaurant: I prepare food, bus tables and deliver and have been given tips by customers on deliveries. The first time I returned from such a delivery my boss instructed me to to place the tips aside to be counted. After asking fellow emplyees I was informed that most employees have to wait two weeks before receiving their tips (until then they're distributed to the other employees.)
After a week my boss told me that because I was replacing another employee and was performing admirably I could take the quitter's spot in the tip pool, but after receiving tips for one day he went back on it and informed me that the other employee's complained and that I would not receive any more tips until the end of the two week period. That period ended today but my boss refused giving me the tips because I had called in sick two days ago and I am still supposedly training.
I am payed minimum wage of 7.25/hr. Can my employer require that I pool my tips and refuse to allow me to collect them as long as he sees fit?