#MeToo and the Food Service Industry
Workers in the restaurant industry file more sexual harassment claims than in any other U.S. industry. As many as 90% of women and 70% of men experience some form of sexual harassment – be it from managers, other staff, or customers. We have seen high profile instances of celebrity chefs losing their reputation – if little else – for sexual harassment. There are leaders in the Austin restaurant community who are working to address sexual harassment and assault in the industry. From ensuring good hiring and training practices to confronting customers who disrespect employees, food service industry leaders are working to create intentional cultures of respect and safety. These cultures start with educated and aware leaders.
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- There is no need to compromise fun for respect. Restaurants should be comfortable for guests and employees.
- To build cultures of respect in the food service industry, start with strong hiring and training practices that stop harassment before it ever occurs.
- An educated and aware leadership is key to bringing, implementing, and enforcing an intentional culture of respect.
Sandra Molinari, Community Education Director, SAFE