by Jasmine Brianna Ellison
According to a study by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, 80% of female restaurant workers have experienced harassment from a coworker on the job, while two-thirds reported being harassed by a manager.
Workers that rely on tips are even more at risk and employees in states with minimum wage as ow as $2.13 an hour for tipped worker, harassment is twice as likely to occur compared to those who receive higher hourly pay.
The double shifts, the close quarters and hot stoves, relentless pressure to execute customer satisfaction in a rapid and flawless manner, are demanding tasks, regardless of gender. However, the adopted perception that over-heated and high-stress situations are meant to be male-dominated foster inappropriate behavior in the restaurant industry.
Whether, chef, waitress or bartender; female employees tend to deal with discrimination, harassment, or marginalization. Accompanied by grueling physical conditions, women are forced to tolerate sexualized banter and at worst, criminal behavior.
Despite of the negative interferences, positions in the restaurant industry must be filled. The flexible scheduling, probability of leaving with generous amount of tips each shift, and free food makes the job convenient for students, or young people saving money. Regardless of the reason, you accept the position it is pertinent that you those you serve and work with, and most importantly, yourself.