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Looking Behind the Kitchen Door

These are just some of the statistics in this episode that Saru Jayaraman, an advocate for restaurants workers rights, cites in her conversation with Mark Bittman at the Manifesto Café in Los Angeles. Though California has the same minimum wage for all employees, other states are only starting to catch up, while the federal minimum wages still lags behind. Jayaraman talks about the obstacles workers face challenging a powerful industry "that doesn't have to pay its own workers."

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