White House hopeful Hillary Clinton has entered the gratuity debate, and it turns out she’s against tipping — at least in its current recognizable form.When restaurant employees, chefs, and restaurateurs express their disdain for tipping policies, they likely are protesting the sub-minimum wage base pay that many servers endure, before being bumped up (sometimes) to minimum wage payment with tips.
The federal tipped minimum wage has been frozen at $2.13 for decades, but employers are only allowed to pay employees the bare minimum “if that amount plus the tips received equals at least the Federal minimum wage,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
“It is time we end the so-called tipped minimum wage,” Clinton said at a rally at the Javits Center in New York on Wednesday with Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We are the only industrialized country in the world that requires tipped workers to take their income in tips instead of wages. That’s shameful. No one who works full time should have to still be living and raising their children in poverty.”