Restaurant Owners And Servers Battle Over Proposal To Raise Minimum Wage

“A proposal to raise the minimum wage for restaurant servers could reduce sexual harassment in the industry and improve the living standards of workers, or force small, struggling New York restaurants to close their doors—depending on who you ask. Yesterday morning, the Department of Labor held their last hearing on whether or not to raise the tipped minimum wage on par with state minimum wage, and eliminate the tip credit, which allows restaurants to pay a lower minimum wage as long as tips make up the difference.”

“Food Service workers in New York City have a minimum wage of either $8.00 or $8.65, depending on the size of the restaurant (outside the city, the minimum wage drops to $7.50), compared to $15.00 for the rest of New York City workers ($13.50 for small employers).”

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