Worst Restaurant Chains To Work For
More than 4 million Americans spend their days serving burgers, cleaning tables and opening cans. Food and beverage preparation is one of the biggest sectors in the country's economy, and it's no secret that the pay isn't great.
But what are the absolute worst restaurant chains to work for? The newly updated 2012 Diner's Guide, from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a New York-based nonprofit fighting on behalf of low-wage restaurant workers, offers up a Zagat-like review of America's most well-known chain eateries. Except, instead of commenting on the sumptuousness of the vichyssoise or the viscosity of the scallop gelee, ROC United claims to reveal just how crummy it is to work at most of America's nationwide food chains. But four of the restaurants -- all owned by the same parent company -- get an extra special medal of shame.
The four are all owned by Darden Restaurants, the largest full-service restaurant company on the planet, which employs 180,000 people in North America alone. These restaurants not only offer "poverty wages" and zero sick days for workers, alleges ROC United, but working conditions are so bad that some employees called the group for legal help.
Darden spokesman Rich Jeffers told The Huffington Post that the accusations are "baseless" and that the ROC United "doesn't seem to be interested in the facts."
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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