The subminimum wage for tipped workers is a direct legacy of slavery, and a major factor in alarming rates of harassment and wage theft experienced by women—especially Black and Brown women—in service industries. And that’s no accident—it’s how the system was designed.
Last month, Chef Rick Bayless, Cherita Ellens of Women Employed, Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage, and moderator Laura Washington of the Sun-Times and ABC-7 convened for a panel discussion on why we cannot advance racial justice, gender equity, and workplace safety without eliminating the subminimum wage and enacting one full and fair wage.