Restaurant workers face sexual harassment and sexual assault every day.
This week, the national conversation on the nature of misogyny and sexual harassment in our society has hit a fever pitch. Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump has faced a stream of accusations; from hiring and firing women based on whether or not they are “pretty enough,” to bragging about sexual assault and groping women employees and acquaintances at will.
It is important that we understand the larger system that feeds such misogynistic behavior.
Men like Mr. Trump are emboldened by a culture — and in particular, by policymakers and a restaurant industry — that encourages such behavior, in part by upholding a subminimum wage system. Seventy percent of our nation’s restaurant workers are women who work for the tipped minimum wage, which can be as low as $2.13 per hour. This system forces workers to live off tips, making them vulnerable to abuses and indignities like sexual harassment.
ROC has done extensive research on sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. Among our findings: A whopping 90 percent of restaurant workers have been sexually harassed on the job. Their struggles account for the vast majority of complaints to the EEOC. The elimination of the tipped minimum wage and establishment of One Fair Wage for all workers would transform the lives of these women by producing financial stability, while making women less vulnerable to harassment and discrimination. Learn more about our landmark report, “The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry,” and share it with your family and friends.
Join ROC in the fight for one fair minimum wage. By raising wages for tipped restaurant workers, we can create the fair and just environment we deserve.
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