Anyone who’s ever served time in the hospitality trade’s trenches knows that it can be thankless, grueling work. Now a new study conducted by the Restaurant Opportunities Center, the same organization whose supporters sucker punched Mario Batali in New York and helped push through the controversial gratuity protection law in Philadelphia, indicates that as bad as the work and conditions may be, women take the worst of it.
The study says women in the restaurant business make roughly 79 cents to every dollar earned by men, and ten percent of the nearly 4,300 restaurant workers surveyed said that they or a co-worker had experienced sexual harassment. It goes on to say that such matters were exacerbated by employers who fail to provide workplace training or enforce rules against harassment. And that’s not even taking into account the creepy patrons who feel its necessary to pat their servers on the butt.