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ROC provides the most comprehensive information available on the United States restaurant industry, and resources for workers, employers, and consumers to take action on the important industry challenges the research demonstrates. On the following links, learn about what our research has shown, and how you can take action to improve the industry for everyone.
ROC engages in worker-led research projects using rigorous methodology that show conclusive evidence that change is needed to create a sustainable restaurant industry in which employers, workers, and diners prosper together. These research projects have documented extensive poverty, wage theft, health and safety hazards, lack of benefits such as paid sick days and health insurance, sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination. ROC’s primary research includes over 5000 surveys of restaurant workers, hundreds of in-depth interviews with employers and workers, and matched pair audit testing. ROC’s research also draws on government data and academic literature to illustrate the size and scope of the problems that are being documented.
Please find more detailed information in each of the 15 research reports that ROC-United has authored.