Rochester restaurant workers launch anti-sexual harassment campaign

September 04, 2017 10:26 PM

Over the last few years, restaurant workers have asked for higher wages. And now, they're working to improve their workplaces too.

Monday at Village Gate, Rochester restaurant workers launched an anti-sexual harassment campaign. It comes after a report by the Restaurant Opportunities Center.


The report found almost two-thirds of female workers reported that they've suffered sexual harassment. The report only surveyed CKE Restaurants which includes Carl's Junior, Hardee's, Green Burrito and Red Burrito.

But restaurant workers say harassment is also prevalent in our community and Rochester workers are ready to put a stop to it.

"We've come together to have a very public petition drafted that asks for employers commitment to acknowledge that sexual harassment is an issue in the workplace and they are committing to solve it and we're hoping this will encourage more employers in Rochester to sign that petition so -- in the coming months -- we can come up with concrete policies to implement in our restaurants."

The report also outlined wage theft. It found that about one-third were forced to work off-the-clock and nearly 80-percent of workers.


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