Daily Kos: Restaurant industry screws women, while $2.13 tipped worker minimum wage makes it worse

Restaurant workers who make the federal minimum wage for tipped workers are pretty well screwed: That minimum wage is just $2.13 an hour, the theory being that tips will be enough for these workers to get by. When tips don’t bring workers up to the full federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, their employers are supposed to make up the difference, but in practice, that’s an invitation for bosses to pressure workers to just accept below-minimum wages. That’s not the only abuse of this rock-bottom minimum wage, though, and as a new report from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United shows, these abuses and high poverty rates fall most heavily on women.The statistics pile on top of each other in creating the picture of just how badly women in the restaurant industry have it:

via Daily Kos: Restaurant industry screws women, while $2.13 tipped worker minimum wage makes it worse.

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