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The U.S. Restaurant Industry Is Rife with Gender & Racial Discrimination, Study Reveals

The U.S. Restaurant Industry Is Rife with Gender & Racial Discrimination, Study Reveals

The restaurant industry is among the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. It is, however, plagued with gender and racial discrimination, according to the findings of a study conducted by the Labor Center as the University of California, Berkeley.

This study, “Ending Jim Crow in America’s Restaurants: Racial and Gender Occupational Segregation in the Restaurant Industry,” focused on evaluating the pay rates and job positions for restaurant workers of different genders and races, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

And what they found was that women and minorities working in the restaurant industry are commonly the subjects of discrimination.

A Closer Look at the Findings

According to these researchers, in the U.S. restaurant industry:

  • White males typically earn the highest wages, making in at least 22 percent more than male minorities and at least 25 percent more than females.
  • More than 80 percent of the management positions were held by white workers, with a significant majority of these individuals also being male.
  • Minority workers were far more likely to be employed in the “back-of-the-house,” filling kitchen or janitorial positions.
  • Back-of-house employees tend to earn about 12 percent less than “front-of-house” workers (like hostesses and servers).
  • Although women occupy about 60 percent of the front-of-house positions, they still only take in about 78 percent of the income earned by their male counterparts in front-of-house positions.
  • Minority women in front-of-house positions are far more likely to be occupied in lower-level positions, such as bussers.
  • Minority workers tend to have less upward mobility, and nearly 30 percent have cited their race as being the primary reason for their lack of mobility/opportunities to advance their careers.
  • “After adjusting for education and language proficiency, workers of color receive 56 percent lower earnings when compared to equally qualified white workers.”

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Categories: Racial Discrimination, Sex/Gender Discrimination