“Lewd comments. Groping. Requests for dates and propositions for sex.”
This is the opening of just one report on a March New York Times survey of tipped-wage workers. At restaurants across the commonwealth, staff are forced to weigh gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault against the tips they depend on to support themselves and their families. These are unacceptable choices for anyone to make, and it’s beyond time for our elected leaders in Massachusetts to act.
The #NotOnTheMenu Coalition is advancing One Fair Wage (House Bill 2365 & Senate Bill 1004) to put an end to legislated gender discrimination in Massachusetts. We are composed of local workers, grassroots organizations and employer partners who believe that sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender-based discrimination have no place in restaurants and other places of work across our state.