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Shorted: Wage Theft, Time Theft, and Discrimination in San Diego’s Restaurant Industry (2015)

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More than three-quarters (77%) of 337 restaurant employees surveyed have been victims of wage theft by their employers during the past year, and a third said it happens regularly. Most workers surveyed get their work schedules less than a week in advance and 85% get less than two weeks’ notice. In our survey, wage theft most often targeted women, Latinos, and “back-of-the-house” staff. Observational data on 40 high-end local restaurants show white males disproportionately represented in “front-of-the-house” jobs.

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