“Behind the Kitchen door” is the story of the people who serve our food.
Better said it’s the story of the people of people working in the restaurant industry. Whoever has worked in a bar or restaurant knows that those jobs are of the hardest ones existing. But we are not aware that those people are often also exposed to discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens besides earning only a minimum wage (or lower). In These Times writes: “The restaurant industry is one of the few that has actually grown during the economic crisis.”Watch the following video of the Restaurant Opportunities Center to understand who’s behind the project:
The people working in these conditions are usually the following: immigrants, students and middle aged professionals. It’s them to suffer from an “industry with atrocious wages, typically non-existent benefits, rampant discrimination and often dangerous or unhealthy working conditions.” It’s a place full of discrimination and sexual harassment and there is no such thing as equality: “studies show that restaurant workers earn an average $17,844 per year; and that people of color earn a full $4 less per hour on average than whites.” Also it depends in which kind of restaurant you work, fast food pays less (only around 9$ per hour). “Eighty percent of fast-food workers are people of color.”
It’s not the only industry with poor working conditions. Now with the crisis, more sectors are starting to look like this. People – at least here in Spain – are afraid to ask for their rights. They accept working overtime for free, unbearable workloads and harassment.
It’s up to use to chose where we eat. Do you eat ethically?