Boston Globe | Sexual Harassment Prevalent Among Tipped Workers
When Marie Billiel was a food server, sexual harassment was part of the job. She was locked in the walk-in cooler with male co-workers, whistled at, and touched and kissed against her will, she said. She endured comments about her body and persistent requests for dates. Such behavior is widespread in the Greater Boston restaurant industry…
Boston Herald | Waitresses, bartenders recount crude customers and co-workers
Addressing legislators and fellow restaurant industry workers yesterday at the State House, women shared horror stories yesterday of sexual harassment in hopes that the state will eliminate tipped wages — which they say fuel disgusting behavior in the industry.
Sexual harassment, so prevalent in the national dialogue right now, isn’t just a problem in the restaurant industry. It is a fact of life, daily and unceasing.
…a wage structure that leaves workers dependent on tips often forces them to put up with harassing and abusive behavior from their customers or risk not being paid.
New York Times | Harassment and Tipping in Restaurants: Your Stories
Lewd comments. Groping. Requests for dates and propositions for sex. We talked to more than 60 restaurant servers about their experiences with sexual harassment from customers, and pulled it together for a project that examined the way servers balance the abusive behavior they endure against their need for tips.
New York Times | The Tipping Equation
At restaurants across America, servers calculate how far is too far, weighing harassing behavior against the tips they need to make a living wage.
Atlantic CityLab | Why Sexual Harassment Rates Are So High in the Restaurant Industry
Where working for tips means the customer is always right, waitresses, bartenders, and other tipped-wage workers endure stunning rates of sexual harassment.
Eater Boston | The Case Against Tipping in America
The data is overwhelming: Tipping encourages racism, sexism, harassment, and exploitation
The Nation | When Harassment Is the Price of a Job
As decades of activism meet the #MeToo moment, could the food-service industry be poised for sweeping change?
According to data compiled by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Boston (ROC), nearly 70 percent of the city’s tipped workforce is made up of women, and 35 percent of tipped workers in Greater Boston — more than twice as many as non-tipped workers — have experienced sexual harassment on the job.
Corporate Accountability | In Boston, tipped workers demand one fair wage, push sexual harassment off the menu
For tipped workers — whether they are pouring glasses of wine at high-end steak houses or refilling coffee cups at local diners — tips determine whether or not they can pay their rent, buy groceries, and support their families. And unlike a standard wage, tips often come with a hidden price tag: devastating harassment and abuse of workers, especially women.