Picking Up the Tab: The Public Cost of Low Wages in the Full-Service Restaurant Industry

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United


The full-service restaurant industry, which employs the majority of restaurant workers, receives a double subsidy from the public: through extraordinary levels of full-service restaurant workers being on public assistance; and through the sub minimum wage, which requires customers to pay these workers’ wages directly through tips. This report estimates the public cost of low-wage jobs in the full-service restaurant industry.


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