Female Restaurant Workers Struggle Against Bias, Lack of Pay

February 15, 2012 ‐ By Charlotte Young

A new study may make you think twice the next time you think about stiffing the waitress because she didn’t refill your water fast enough. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United or ROC United, released the study, “Tipped Over the Edge” on Capitol Hill to highlight gender bias in the restaurant industry. The report found that women face “systematic discrimination, poverty wages, a lack of sick days, and five times more harassment than the general female workforce.”

According to the report, restaurant lobbyists have successfully kept the federal minimum wage for servers and other tipped workers at $2.13 an hour for the past 20 years. This means that the low wage has disproportionately affected women restaurant workers.

Women comprise 52 percent of all restaurant workers, and 66 percent of tipped employees. Men tend to get hired for higher-paying positions such as chefs, even though traditionally women are perceived to do the cooking in the home. In addition, women servers generally work at lower-paying restaurants as opposed to fine dining establishments where they stand to earn better tips. This means that a majority of women in the same position as men end up making only 68 percent of what male servers make in a year. Women restaurant employees also face unpredictable work schedules. This affects their ability to find reliable child care as they are unsure of when they will be available.

Now this last statistic will make you think twice on a lot more than doubling your tips: a whopping 90 percent of restaurant workers report that they do not receive employee paid sick days or health benefits. Unable to afford taking off from work, two-thirds of them report that they are forced to work and prepare or serve food while sick.

MadameNoire Video

Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
  • Pingback: dewalt table saw()

  • http://www.es175.com buy used es175

    Perfect just what I was looking for! .

  • http://howtomakemoneyfromyoutube.org/ how to make money from youtube

    According to the Federal Aviation Administration FAA air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years. If their case is weak and or they have too many other cases to deal with they will be much more likely to cut you a deal than if they thought you were just going to be easy to convict.

  • http://www.articole.net/index.php?page=article&article_id=29858 Michal Prasomsack

    I discovered your weblog web site on google and verify a couple of of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the very good operate. I just extra up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Looking for forward to reading more from you afterward!…

  • http://www.runfaces.com random chat

    Hi nice site design

  • http://fastfoodcoupons2012.net/fast-food-coupons-2012/ Fast Food Deals

    You should take part in a contest for top-of-the-line blogs on the web. I will recommend this web site!

  • http://binaryoptionsnow.com Option Brokers

    I am glad to be a visitor of this utter weblog ! , appreciate it for this rare information! .

  • http://www.Facebook.com/dishnetworkportlandoregon Portland Dish Network

    Very efficiently written information. It will be valuable to everyone who utilizes it, as well as yours truly :). Keep up the good work – canr wait to read more posts.

  • http://www.ipodbuyingtips.com/ aciphex cheap

    Another thing I’ve really noticed is that for many people, below-average credit is the reaction to circumstances further than their control. By way of example they may have been saddled with an illness so that they have substantial bills going to collections. It might be due to a occupation loss or perhaps the inability to go to work. Sometimes divorce proceedings can truly send the financial circumstances in the wrong direction. Many thanks for sharing your thinking on this blog.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/webdirectoriesc WDC Web Directories on Twitter

    Outstanding read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was performing slightly research on that. And he really bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  • http://www.realitytimes.org/ globalism

    Why didnt I think about this? I hear exactly what youre saying and Im so happy that I came across your blog. You actually know what youre talking about, and you created me feel like I need to learn a lot more about this. Thanks for this; Im officially a huge fan of your weblog

  • http://aa3374841.com a3374841

    I’ve said that least 3374841 times. SCK was here