Restaurant Acknowledges Pay Gap By Charging Women Only 79% of Their Bills

04/12/2016 at 01:24 PM ET

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Women of New Hampshire: You’re in luck.

April 14 is Equal Pay Day — a day devoted to raising awareness of the pay gap between men and women — and one restaurant is making efforts to narrow the disparity. In response to the troubling statistic that women earn just 79 cents to every dollar a man earns, a New Hampshire restaurant called The Works is only charging women 79 cents to the dollar, or 79% of their total bills. (Men will pay full price.)

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New Hampshire Public Radio reports that women who visit the chain’s locations in Concord, Keene, Portsmouth and Durham today will receive this cheeky 21% discount.

“It’s been a problem that’s been around for a really long time, decades I would say,” Don Brueggemann, manager of The Works in Concord, told NHPR. “And I think many of us thought it would kind of work itself out but it has been very persistent over the years. We’re feeling like this is a way to highlight that issue.”

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Brueggeman is not too worried about the money he’ll lose during the day-long promotion.

“In terms of highlighting the issue, I think it’s a relatively inexpensive way to do that. It’s kind of a clever way, I think,” he said. “It brings it right to the fore in a way just the statistic does not.”

We think all restaurants should have this policy year-round … Taco Bell, are you listening?

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Francine on

I like it.

Kendra on

Good to know. I live in NH, and sometimes stop by for lunch. I’ll go elsewhere from now on. This is a “made up liberal piece of BS”

LM on

So Kendra not getting paid the same as a man is a “liberal” thing? I think men, women, conservatives and liberals should all view this as an equal rights issue. I work as hard as my male counterparts and expect to be compensated that way. It has nothing to do with who I vote for.

Chris Meyers on

It is illegal to use gender as a identifier for discounting. They are in violation of federal law.

Emily on

So what if a construction worker man comes in and right behind him is a woman CEO who makes 2 figures more a year than the man? What happens then? Do you still charge him more even though he obviously makes less than her? So sick of women whining about not being equal, and I am a woman.

Anonymous on

about as ridiculous an idea as has ever been concocted.

gmgm on

RIDICULOUS IDEA, pure PC.

Kendra on

LM, as a rule, everyone thinks they should be getting paid more, and they all think they’re working harder than anyone else. Get real. With litigation what it is these days, people are getting paid equally, however, it may differ depending on your absenteeism, if you’re chronically late, and your overall performance. Get real.

LM on

Kendra – where do I say I want more than anyone? The whole point is equality. Equal pay for equal work. I feel like we’re back in the 50s reading some of these comments.
Question for those of you opposed. Would you want your hard working daughter to get paid less than her male counterparts just because of her anatomy?

Sue on

Chris- bars & restaurants offer special ladies night prices to women…how is this any different? Hardly illegal.

Kendra on

LM-try reading a bit more carefully. Everyone thinks they’re underpaid and overworked. For the record, I’m 47, and have been working my entire life in corporate America. I have never seen anyone paid less than anyone else for the same work, all other things being equal. However, I have paid some employees less for absenteeism, problems with tardiness, and a general lack of performance. I can tell you in every case, they object to those documented facts. Everything has to be substantiated today to avoid lawsuits. I have one daughter who is in a large corporation, and another who is a physician. They won’t have to worry about these issues as they are top performers. It’s always the low or marginal performers who are “shocked” when they find they are getting paid less, or not promoted when they think they should be. And for the record, we don’t publicize salaries. Those who perform well don’t discuss their salaries, however, those at the bottom, ALWAYS want to publicly discuss their salaries with coworkers. If you’re a top performer, you have no worries. If you’re a slacker, you will chronically worry.

Saiph on

This is awesome. The IRS should do it too.

LM on

Kendra, I agree with a lot of what you are saying. And yes, I did read your post carefully. You said everyone wants more. I also work in corporate America and work very hard. The idea of a coworker making more because of anatomy is disturbing. Yes, people who slack should not be paid the same as hard workers but are you saying the wage gap is due to women being chronic slackers? I don’t understand how anyone, male or female, can think that this type of inequality is ok. It’s great if YOU reimburse your workers fairly. But this statistic show that a large majority are not.

feudi on

Now tell us how much is paid for sick time for women vs men…then let us know when men get to live as long as women…then let us know why there are 57 females in college for every 43 males…and while you’re at it why aren’t women required to register for the draft? Why do women get custody of the children in overwhelming proportion? When will this endless war on men be over?

drgrady on

Awesome idea. It’s just sad this is still a problem in 2016…

Dolores Duarte on

I think that if the owner really believes in this, he’ll make it a permanent policy, and pay all of his employees exactly the same regardless of skill or experience.

Armordog on

There are a multitude of studies out there showing that if you control for years worked, hours on the job, and type of job, the wage gap almost disappears almost completely. Yet this statistic keeps getting used by people. How about the fact that 94% of all work place deaths are men. Why? Because men take more dangerous jobs (that pay more) then women do.

Anonymous on

Lesson One in how women define equal pay for equal work:
You’re a professional tennis player playing in the US Open. Women play a best of three matches against other women, while men play a best of five matches against other men. Both Singles winners received $3.3M each in prize money in 2015.
In other words, women don’t want to compete head-to-head with men, and do about 60 per cent of the work as men, but they want the same amount of pay?!?

t sander on

Lesson One in how women define equal pay for equal work:
You’re a professional tennis player playing in the US Open. Women play a best of three matches against other women, while men play a best of five matches against other men. Both Singles winners received $3.3M each in prize money in 2015.
In other words, women don’t want to compete head-to-head with men, and do about 60 per cent of the work as men, but they want the same amount of pay?!?

Justin on

What’s the difference. Some man is just going r I pay the bill for her anyway.

Matt on

It’s just a pandering, cynical gimmick, like so-called “ladies night” at a bar.

If the restaurant mgt. actually believed the wage gap myth sincerely, they would offer the discount (subsidized by male customers, of course) all year round. But their great commitment to social justice in fact lasts only one day.

Pandering asshats.

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