In restaurants, economics and sexual harassment are intimately entwined.

Restaurants, along with hotels, have the highest rates of sexual harassment of any industry. For tipped worker, in particular, how and how much one gets paid can determine how empowered one feels to respond against harassment. We delve into why restaurants pay servers just $2.13 per hour and how that affects how they deal with bad clients. And we look at why money might not be the only culprit when it comes to harassment.   

This episode of Gravy was reported and produced by Irina Zhorov.

Photo by Kasimu Harris for the Southern Foodways Alliance.

We thank Blue Dot Sessions for the music in this episode, which includes the following tracks:   

In The Back Room by Studio J
Hash Out by Sunday At Slims
Borough by Molerider
Hammer and Damper by Blue Nocturnal 
PolyCoat by The Cabinetmaker
Longtime Rye by Sunday At Slims