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The Cost of the Tipped Minimum Wage

We all believe that we should be paid fairly for the work that we do, but is that how we treat all Americans? After the Civil War, the restaurant industry and other sectors didn’t want to pay newly paid slaves for their labor. And so began the tipped minimum wage, which continues in most states today. We will explore the tipped minimum wage’s journey from its birth to its’ modern-day impact, asking and answering the question: why is ending the tipped minimum wage a civil and human rights issue?

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Questions

  1. What is the connection between slavery and the tipped minimum wage?
  2. Why is ending the tipped minimum wage a civil and human rights issue?
  3. What do employers and working people think of the modern impact of the tipped minimum wage?

Speakers

Organizer

Emily Chatterjee, Sr Counsel, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


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