ROC United, a nonprofit group that works to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce, has released their National Diner’s Guide for 2012 that rates the 150 most popular restaurants in the United States based on how they treat their employees. Last week we told you about The Hands That Feed Us, that reported on a survey that showed many food workers are paid minimum wage (or below), have no paid sick days (and therefore work while they are ill), no health insurance, are often food insecure, and have no opportunity for advancement.
This new guide will help consumers who want to vote with their pocketbooks pick restaurants that treat their employees well.
One issue is the federal minimum wage for tipped workers. Currently it stands at $2.13, and it hasn’t increased since 1996, when Herman Cain took over the National Restaurant Association. Tips are supposed to cover the difference between that wage and $7.25, which is the federal minimum wage for other workers. Employers are supposed to make up the difference if a worker doesn’t make $7.25/hour with tips, but they don’t always do that.
According to the Guide, these are some of the restaurants that do not treat workers well:
California Pizza Kitchen
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
The Cheesecake Factory
Hard Rock Cafe
Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
And these are some of the restaurants that pay their employees well. Some offer insurance, paid sick days, and opportunities for advancement. There are far fewer of them.
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Chaya Restaurant Group
Elephant Bar Restaurant
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Good Girl Dinette
Wolfgang Puck’s Grille
You can download the Guide, which comes in a printable pocketbook format, at ROC United.