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San Diego: Research Probes Restaurant Employment Issues

San Diego

As part of the SDSU Common Experience on food in spring 2015, graduate sociology practicum students researched the working conditions of restaurant employees.  The class consulted with the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) and the Employee Rights Center to survey four issues of concern to food workers: wage theft, scheduling, sick days, and health insurance. Students recruited 337 participants to take the survey, completed 30 in-depth, detailed interviews, and observed conditions at 40 high-end restaurants. With CPI, the class produced a report in English and Spanish. The report, which also informs workers of their rights under labor law, was distributed to those who participated or attended a community forum at which students presented the results. Several news outlets reported the findings in both languages.

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