Gender Equity Policy Institute

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NEW STUDY (MAY 2021): Eliminating the Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers in New York Would Benefit 433,000 Workers Across Restaurants, Hotels, Personal Service and Other Occupations Where Tipping is Common

NY’s Proposed One Fair Wage Act is An Ambitious Gender-Transformative Bill

Our new report, Essential Wages: An Analysis of New York State’s Proposed Elimination of the Tipped Minimum Wage and Its Impact on Low-Wage Women Workers, presents findings from an impact analysis of New York’s One Fair Wage Act.  Key findings include:

  • 63% of the roughly 288,000 workers currently earning the subminimum tipped wage are women

  • 58% of tipped restaurant and food service workers, the principal industry affected by the Act, are women. 62% of waiters and bartenders, the largest occupations affected by the Act, are women

  • Most women waiters and bartenders would see an annual raise of more than 40% over current earnings

  • The majority of women of color serving as waiters and bartenders in New York would see annual gains of roughly $9100 per year.

Mission & Work

The Gender Equity Policy Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing opportunity, fairness, and well-being for all people through research and education exposing the gender impacts of the policies, processes, and practices of government and business.

We conduct and publish research on the best practices for advancing gender equity. We analyze and score public policies and business practices to identify the effects on people of all genders, with particular attention to the impacts on groups, such as women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ people, who have been systematically disadvantaged by discrimination, bias, and structural inequality.

By educating policymakers, business leaders, and advocates about the inequities and financial disparities embedded in seemingly neutral economic and political processes, we provide the tools and knowledge that leaders need to rebalance systems, guarantee equal benefits and opportunities, and secure a just and sustainable future for all Americans.