NYC Restaurant Workers Report

by Alexina Cather, MPH
NYC Restaurant Survey Report

NYC Restaurant Workers Report

The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center conducted a city-wide survey of restaurant workers to examine the industry’s climate from their perspective, explore the extent to which workers’ rights and benefits are implemented, and compare working conditions in “good food”/health- forward restaurants with those in other types of restaurants.

Key Survey Findings:

  • 86% of restaurant workers surveyed rated their health as good or excellent
  • 42% of those surveyed worried about losing their job
  • More than 65% of those surveyed did not have paid vacation days
  • More than 55% of those surveyed did not have paid sick days
  • 62% of those surveyed go to work when they are sick
  • 78% of those surveyed reported that they sometimes or always work more than 10 hours a day
  • 31% had been sexually harassed at their current job—almost 25% by a coworker
  • 70% of those who said they were sexually harassed did not report it

Based on the survey findings, the report concludes with actions and policies to increase employees’ wages and opportunities and to expand the protection and rights of those working in the restaurant industry.

Read the full NYC Restaurant Workers Report HERE

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