Despite increased awareness and prevention efforts, sexual harassment in the workplace continues to occur at an alarming rate. Those who work in the restaurant industry can be especially susceptible. In fact, one recent survey found that more than 70% of women who work in the restaurant industry have been subjected to sexual harassment at least once per week. But why is sexual harassment so prevalent in this industry?
One major factor contributing to sexual harassment in the restaurant industry is the pay structure. Since most servers heavily rely on tips to make a living, they are put in a precarious position where they feel like they can’t confront customers out of fear of losing income. Therefore, these workers try to appear emotionally pleasant even when they feel otherwise.
The “customer is always right” mentality
Another problem confronting the restaurant industry is the mindset that the customer is always right. Management is tasked with increasing profits, which oftentimes means keeping customers happy no matter what. This puts worker safety and interests on the backburner, which can drive workers out of the industry and leave them susceptible to an uncomfortable, hostile, and even dangerous work environment.
Take the action necessary to protect yourself
You deserve to work in an environment that is safe and free of discrimination and harassment. If your employer has failed you in this regard and you’ve suffered harm as a result, then you might want to consider what you can do to find accountability and recover what you’ve lost. This may mean taking legal action based on existing employment law. So, consider looking into this area of the law further and determine your next steps for achieving the just outcome that you deserve.