The restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing employment sectors, but it provides the lowest wages and highest levels of racial segregation. Segregation of workers of color into more casual restaurants and lesser-tipping positions results in a $5 per hour wage gap between Black women and white men tipped workers—which only worsened with COVID-19.
The High Road Kitchens program was created to provide restaurants with subsidies if they commit to our Kellogg-funded Racial Equity Toolkit & Training Program, which trains restaurant management to desegregate their staff racially and raise wages for workers of color. We have the opportunity to work with leaders in the U.S. Deptartment of Labor to make this a federal program, supporting thousands of restaurants to increase wages and racial equity for hundreds of thousands of workers and providing federal recognition to these restaurants—thus encouraging others to follow suit.
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