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Female Workers Protest Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry

Rallies in NYC, Boston, and Chicago proclaim women are #NotOnTheMenu.

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In response to a recently published (and incredibly alarming) study reporting that 90 percent of female restaurant workers have been sexually harassed while on the job, restaurant workers and women's rights leaders joined forces to stage rallies in various cities this afternoon. The Restaurant Opportunities Center, an advocacy group for industry workers, helped organize an ongoing effort dubbed "Not On the Menu," with public rallies taking place today in BostonNew York City, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago, among other cities.

During the New York City rally, which gathered at City Hall this morning, women's rights icon Eve Ensler, a former waitress, was in attendance, along with representatives from the National Organization for Women, the Ms. Foundation, and more. In addition to pointing out the disturbing incidences of sexual harassment, the rallies are also advocating for a living wage for industry workers: In an earlier interview with USA Today, ROC co-founder Saru Jayaraman argued female workers who live off their tips are often forced to sustain harassment simply to pay their bills. Female employees are being encouraged to share their stories of sexual harassment at and on Twitter, using the hashtag #NotOnTheMenu. Just a few examples of the stories emerging from this afternoon's rallies, below:

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