A startling new report by Restaurant Opportunities Center United
, a nonprofit group that advocates for service industry workers, reveals that 66 percent of female restaurant workers report being sexually harassed by their managers.
Hundreds of current and former restaurant employees across the country were interviewed for the report, titled "The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry," which concluded the following:
—80 percent of women and 70 percent of male restaurant employees reported being sexually harassed by co-workers.
—78 percent of women and 55 percent of men reported being sexually harassed by customers.
Additionally, the report shows restaurant workers felt pressured to remain silent about the harassment.
"Two-thirds of women workers felt they could face negative repercussions if they complained about or reported sexual harassment from management," says the report. "And 46 percent felt there would be negative repercussions if they complained about or reported sexual harassment from co-workers."
"Women who have to live off of tips are subjected to the worst kind of sexual harassment," Saru Jayaraman, co-director of ROCU wrote in the report.
Meanwhile, officials with the National Restaurant Association were quick to push back.
"These recycled attacks are part of a national, multimillion-dollar campaign engineered, organized and funded by national labor unions and their allies seeking to disparage an industry that has no barrier to entry and no limit to what employees can achieve," said Katie Laning Niebaum, vice president of communications NRA, in a statement.