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Restaurant workers say they're afraid to enforce COVID-19 safety precautions because they'll lose out on tips

Restaurant workers say they're afraid to enforce COVID-19 safety precautions because they'll lose out on tips

A waiter wearing a mask and gloves delivers food to a table to customers seated at an outdoor patio at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC, in May.
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Restaurant workers say they're afraid to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols for fear of losing out on tips.




According to a new survey from nonprofit One Fair Wage and the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center, two-thirds of workers reported receiving a lower-than-usual tip after enforcing health and safety measures.




The findings mirror a broader trend of outbursts, threats, and even assault against food service workers and retail employees since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.




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Restaurant workers say they're afraid to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols for fear of losing out on tips, according to a new survey.The nonprofit One Fair Wage and the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center surveyed food service workers' experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Roughly 1,675 food service workers were surveyed between October 20 and November 10 in five states a?? New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, and Pennsylvania a?? as well as Washington, DC. The findings showed that many food service workers are at high risk of contracting COVID, don't have adequate health protection at work, and are being subjected to increased sexual harassment during the pandemic. The report also found that the pandemic has been detrimental to workers' wages.Overall, food service workers are making less in tips than they were prior to the pandemic, with 83% reporting that tips have declined. For a significant portion of the workers surveyed a?? nearly two-thirds a?? their tips have been cut in half. Many food service workers rely on tips to make up the bulk of their pay, as the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour.
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