so i called the dept of Labor
They said the same thing, it's illegal. They said i can file a complaint as an anonymous employee and they will investigate. I have about 200 or more of overtime backpay which they said im entitled to. This is the question, do I move forward with this as an anonymous employee which will probably get other cooks invovled, which I rather not do. Or do i deal with myself and speak to the chefs. Im nervous that I won't be able to use that restaurant or chef as a reference down the road in my career. Its a pretty reputable place also. Maybe I should say screw it and go for my roughly 3000 dollar, possibly more. In the end, they violated my rights and probably dont give a **** about me.