Why it’s better to give restaurant workers the minimum wage (than argue over tips)

Another issue supporters of Initiative 77 seek to address through the policy is sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. Some 66% of female restaurant employees have reported being sexually harassed by managers and tipped workers are more likely to experience harassment than non-tipped workers, a 2015 study published by the Canadian Journal of Law and Society found. The measure would lead to better gender equality in the workplace, according to the National Women’s Law Center. “Restaurant servers, bartenders and all other tipped workers will finally know they have a paycheck they can depend on even when they have a slow week,” Emily Martin, general counsel and vice president for education and workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center, said. “It will also make workers less vulnerable to sexual harassment that is routinely part of the job when nearly your full income depends on customers’ whims.”