Thousands of commenters were quick to offer employment advice to a new restaurant employee after his claim of being misled by the job listing went viral.
Posted in Reddit’s popular r/antiwork subreddit, Viral Post It has garnered 11,100 votes and over 1,300 comments in less than a day. In the post, Redditor u/GalacticOreo64 explained that the information he actually received before applying for his current job was completely different from what he learned on his first day at work.
Writing that he was “promised” between $12-26 an hour, along with tips and benefits for working as a restaurant server, u/GalacticOreo64 said on his first day at his new job. After sorting out all of the paperwork, they learned that they would actually be earning $2.13 an hour before tips, and that their expected benefits would only be active after a full year of employment.
The Redditor also said that he actually got the server position, and his new manager admitted that the website often displays incorrect pay and benefits options for his restaurant.
He wrote, “I asked about the discrepancy, and my manager brushed it off a bit, saying that’s not always really reliable information and they literally didn’t allow us to pay more than $2.13/hr. Is.”
“It also looks like my training for this week will be unpaid, which sounds, uh, kinda sketchy,” he said.
According to United States Department of LaborThe federal minimum wage for tipped employees, such as restaurant servers, is $2.13 per hour. While some states require employers to pay tipped employees higher hourly wages, Indiana, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming and many southern states do not.
Despite the nominal minimum wage for tipped employees, the data collected by United States Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, on average, waiters and waitresses make an average hourly wage of $13.20 per hour, about $6 more than the federal minimum wage. However, restaurant workers have long suffered from low and unpredictable wages.
In the midst of a global pandemic and the major labor event dubbed the “Great Resignation”, restaurant workers have come under scrutiny for wanting to change jobs quickly. last september, new York Times reported that restaurants across the country are raising wages and offering signing bonuses to lure potential employees in times of labor instability.
Still, restaurant workers like the U/Galactic Oreo64 are susceptible to misinformation under the guise of higher salaries and included benefits.
In the top comment of a viral Reddit post, Redditor u/Angelaira74 encouraged the original poster to follow up Actually, and to review employers on any other employment website.
“Actually report their listing, review them on Glassdoor, and don’t go back,” he wrote.
Several Redditors echoed those sentiments, and encouraged u/GalacticOreo64 to seek employment elsewhere.
Redditor u/Relative_Position_26 wrote in a furious response, “Quit. Staying empowers sh*tty employers to pay sh*tty wages.”
“Just leave,” added Redditor u/Gks34. “And if there’s a contract, sue.”
Other commenters focused on u/GalacticOreo64’s claims that he was not being paid for a week of training, and assured the Redditor that, unless the training meets very specific conditions set by the period Labour DepartmentIt is highly illegal to not pay employees to work on time.
“Your training cannot be ‘unpaid’ in the US. It must be at least minimum wage,” wrote Redditor u/dante50. “Make sure you have documented any ‘unpaid’ hours already worked.”
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