Know Your Rights on Tipped Wages and Worker Protections

publication date: Sep 20, 2021
author/source: One Fair Wage


On Monday, September 20, 2021 One Fair Wage, a national nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of service workers, in collaboration with the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Service Workers United for Power and High Road Restaurants, hosted a nationwide "Know Your Rights" webinar. Secretary Marty Walsh headlined the call.

On the call, One Fair Wage released a new report based on thousands of surveys of service workers nationwide. The report, "No Rights, Low Wages, No Service: How Increased Violations of Workers' Rights in 2021, Coupled with High Harassment and Low Wages and Tips, Have Pushed Workers to Leave the Service Sector," documents growing instances of wage theft and sexual harassment facing tipped service industry workers during the pandemic.

Key findings of the report include:

"Restaurant workers are among the many essential workers whose hard work helped keep America strong throughout the pandemic," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. "The U.S. Department of Labor's duty is to protect their rights and ensure employers understand their responsibilities under the law. This event will help educate these workers on how they can ensure they receive all of their hard-earned wages."

One Fair Wage also outlined to service industry workers how they can navigate suspected cases of wage theft and sexual harassment on-the-job, including knowing their rights to a full minimum wage per hour, to keep their tips and to compensation for working over 40 hours per week.

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