I recently saw this video that explains the tip credit for restaurant servers and why they can be paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The restaurant industry has been one of the main industries where I have tried to focus my practice. Restaurants have lots of issues with tips, tip pools, unpaid overtime, and sexual harassment. I think I like to help restaurant workers because I have worked in a number of restaurants and so I have seen first hand the violations that are common to restaurants all over the country.
The video was released by an organization called Restaurant Oppurtunites Centers United (ROC). ROC was originally founded in NYC after 9/11 in order to support restaurant workers displaced by the WTC tragedy. Since then ROC’s mission and geographic scope has expanded to support restaurant workers and advocate for better working conditions all over the country.
Some of the issues that ROC is working on include a Fair Minimum Wage and paid sick days for restaurant workers. ROC also produces a dinners guide to help restaurant patrons choose restaurants that treat their workers fairly and with dignity.
Even if you don’t work at a restaurant there is a lot you can do to help make restaurants a better place to work. Check out the ROC’s website and dinners guide to see how you can help.
If you are a restaurant worker check out the ROC website and see if there is a chapter in your city. If there is no chapter in your city contact ROC to see how you might be able to help start up a chapter where you live and work.
As always, if you are a worker in Georgia who believes they have been mistreated at work, contact Atlanta employment attorney Ben Kandy for a consultation.