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Are you talking about tips when you say "restaurant sales"? If not, what kind of compensation is this exactly? I very much look forward to helping you on this matter.
Thank you. It's a bit confusing but it sounds like you are talking about tips. That being the case, what you are describing essentially amounts to a tip pooling arrangement in which tips are shared with employees not directly involved in the chain of service. Some states prohibit tip pools that include employees not directly in the chain of service (i.e. cooks and bussers), but according to a fairly recent federal court decision that affects Washington state employees, such tips pools have be deemed legal. I'm afraid this means that the arrangement you describe probably does not violate any law. It is highly unfortunate that it has resulted in such a decrease in your pay, but most liekly the only options are to attempt to reason with your employer or move on to another restaurant that does not distribute tips like this.
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