The #MeToo movement is making positive changes in the restaurant industry.
Women are moving forward in an male-led industry and empowering women and men alike.
The #MeToo movement has shone a light on the unhealthy culture not unique to, but definitely prevalent in, the restaurant industry. With women making up about 51.8 percent of the industry, there comes a shift in what was once a predominately male led space. Take a listen for an empowering discussion about the future of female artisans making a difference in the restaurant industry.
As the #MeToo movement inspires more victims to come forward about their past abusive experiences, the more we realize that sexual harassment is especially prevalent in the restaurant industry.
Now that there has finally been a light shone on the unhealthy culture that a massive number of workers in the restaurant industry have been subjected to, how can we make the necessary improvements so staff members feel more comfortable working at a restaurant?
OpenTable's CEO Christa Quarles, whose company recently hosted its second Open Conversations dinner, points out at there is still so much work to be done.
“The first order for these dinners was really to create space and forum for conversation. And from there, I think everybody wants to know that this isn’t just about having the cathartic conversation. While that’s super important and frankly very much needed, it’s also to create space for what’s next,” said Quarles
So what's next? How do we move forward to prevent sexual harassment in the future?
James Beard Award-winning Chef Ashley Christensen recommends investing in human resources to create a "safe zone" for team members.Read More
Turns out, sexual harassment isn’t the only type of sex-based complaint employers are facing. LGBT-related workplace complaints are on the rise, but unlike with sexual harassment, the law isn’t nearly as clear. In fact, it varies extensively across state and federal courts, leaving many employers at a loss to understand their legal obligations. Let’s take a look at what restaurant owners need to know about sex-based discrimination in the workplace – what conduct is illegal and where.Read More
There are reports denouncing Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group for not properly addressing dozens of employee complaints involving sexual harassment.
The incidents involved a couple of chefs including, Eric Korsh, the former North End Grill executive chef and Junsoo Bae the former Gramercy Tavern sous chef.
Soon after Korsh took on the position in 2014, there were instances when he allegedly made inappropriate comments about female customers that he found attractive, gave unwelcomed massages to female employees, and, in various occasions, lost his temper at the restaurant staff. Additionally, as far as Bae is concerned, the sous chef allegedly groped a server at a company party, according to “Eater.”Read More
Celebrity Chef Mario Batali does not deny sexual misconduct, according to "Eater."
Batali has been sexually harassing women for the past two decades according to investigation by "Eater."
Due to sexual harassment allegations, celebrity chef Mario Batali steps away from his restaurant empire.
Four women, who wish to remain anonymous because they fear retaliation, shared their story with “Eater” detailing how they were inappropriately touched by Batali.Read More