Okay, so HMA Public Relations contacted me with an OFFICIAL statement about the State's involvement, "There is no specific law in the State of Arizona that determines whether a tip received for service is the property of the employer or the employee in cases where the employer is paying state minimum wage. There may be specific federal law that addresses this issue."
This may seem like a setback, but it's not! Now that my health is strong enough to keep up the fight again, I'm renewing my efforts 110% stronger than before -- and I hope you all will, too! We can't declare VICTORY until the US Department of Labor makes a move toward a decision (hopefully toward justice for the servers!), so we still need YOUR support! If we stop now, they may not follow through.
This statement also means that we're making waves with people. We're also making our voices heard in the media -- and we should NOT be silent until we know...beyond a shadow of a doubt...that the DOL is going to move on this!