Benihana Sued Sushi Chefs Can Split Fish ... But Not Tips!

9/17/2016 12:05 AM PDT

Benihana Sued Over Tips

EXCLUSIVE

A Benihana waiter says he got screwed out of his tips by having to cut in the cooks behind the counter -- and far from woking it back, he's suing.

The server who filed the class action suit claims he was forced to fork over tons of his hard-earned tips to sushi chefs at his NY restaurant ... for 8 years! 

He claims he lost around $80 every week from '08-'16 -- which comes out to a little over $33k. He also says his restaurant's alleged practice of splitting front of house tips with back of house employees violates labor laws.

The suit claims there's a helluva lot more employees who might have been stiffed too, and invites 'em to hop on for a payout.

We reached out to Benihana ... so far, no word back.