With restaurant workers in 22 states receiving the federal sub-minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, many employees, especially women, have been forced to work in an environment rampant with sexual harassment. In fact, the restaurant industry is the largest source of sexual harassment claims in the United States. While seven percent of women in the country work in the industry, they make up 37 percent of all sexual harassment claims to the Equal Employment Opportunity Center (EEOC). A new report by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United and Forward Together titled “The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry” exposes this epidemic.
The report states that women make up 52 percent of the restaurant industry’s 11 million workers. About two-thirds of these female workers are tipped workers, who often earn a sub-minimum wage and rely on customers for the rest of their wages. [Read more]
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