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    16 Things The Restaurant Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

    The real minimum wage is how low?!

    1. The real minimum wage in the US is $2.13 an hour.

    2. It's been $2.13 since 1991. That's pretty much before the internet was a thing.

    3. In 1991, this is what the Olsen sisters looked like.

    4. And this guy, his pants, and timeless dance moves ruled the airwaves.

    5. The tipped minimum wage was on track to increase in 1996, but Herman Cain, then head of the corporate restaurant lobby - the National Restaurant Association - swooped in to block it.

    6. More than 70% of servers are women.

    7. The restaurant industry is the SINGLE LARGEST source of sexual harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), accounting for 37 percent of all claims.

    8. In addition to being the largest low-wage industry in the country, it's also the LARGEST employer of people of color.

    9. The restaurant industry provides 6 of the 10 worst paying jobs in the country.

    10. Servers use food stamps at DOUBLE the rate of the rest of the US workforce.

    11. And most servers are employed by corporate chains like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Applebee's.

    12. Servers typically get $0 paychecks.

    13. But aren't employers required by law to pay their tipped workers at least minimum wage when tips fall short?

    14. Tips aren't something 'extra,' they're the majority of a server's wage.

    15. The corporate restaurant industry pretty much figured out how to avoid paying wages altogether.

    16. Naturally, servers are FED UP.