In his Sept. 12 From Our Inbox column, Why your waiter hasn’t gotten a raise in 22 years, Scott Klinger misleads readers from his very first paragraph.
Tipped employees do not make “just $2.13 an hour.” Federal law requires that all tipped employees earn at least the minimum wage of $7.25. And in reality, tipped employees actually average $13 an hour when tip income is included, according to Census Bureau data, and top earners earn $24 or more.
Research shows that wage mandates are actually a step backwards for these employees. Economists from Miami and Trinity universities found a greater-than-5-percent drop in hours worked by tipped employees for each 10 percent increase in the tipped wage.
Michael Saltsman, research director, Employment Policies Institute, Washington, D.C.