I have to ask this question, as it shocks me
Do restaurants in the U.S. really pay their waiters and waitresses $2.13 an hour? I'm actually shocked because the tipping post was not the first, second, third or fourth thread on CM where I've read that somewaiters / waitresses make $2.13 an hour.
I just started reading the book "The Help". This story though fictional, has a lot of truth to how things were back in the 50's. Back then those who worked as housekeepers made anywhere from 70 cents to $2 an hour. That was back in the 50's, we're now in the millenium and to hear of people taking on a job that pays that type of wage is mind boggling to me. Mind boggling because how does someone live off of that type of money, where there are other jobs that pay more than that. Even if you only have a high school education. Like I mentioned in the other thread, teenagers at McDonalds in my area make at least $10.25 an hour (that's minimum wage for the province of Ontario, Canada). This is the minimum amount an employer is allowed to pay his / her employees, anything below that is "illegal". Jamaican and Mexican seasonal workers who come to my town to work in the fields and greenhouses make that amount per hour.
My question is, is it legal in the U.S. for an employer to pay their staff $2.13 an hour?