Minimum Wage Law a Pay Cut for California Wait Staff

In California the minimum wage for wait staff is different than for most states. The tipped staff minimum wage is the same as for all other positions unlike most state that us the federal minimum wage for wait staff of $2.13 per hour. However, a bill in legislation is trying to freeze the minimum wage for wait staff at $9.00 per hour, the current minimum wage in California. The minimum wage is set to increase to $10.00 per hour next year. Many cities in California have minimum wage standards that are higher than the state minimum such as San Francisco at $11.05 and Oakland at $12.25. Christian Broda (personal.umich.edu) has learned that servers in these cities may actually take a pay cut if the proposed bill passes. Unfortunately women will be hardest hit by this freeze as they compromise 72 percent of the wait staff in California. The bill is being passed to help restaurant owners who have low profit margins but it may be at the expense of their wait staff of whom 40 percent live at or below the poverty level.

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