Students in the Indiana University Fall 2014 course I-300: Global Human Trafficking are raising awareness about service industry exploitation in Middle America. Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013) author Saru Jayaraman has received numerous awards for her efforts to do the same.
Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, has performed extensive research into the abusive labor practices and exploitative compensation policies faced by many working in the food and agriculture industries in the United States.
You can check out Behind the Kitchen Door book trailers and Jayaraman’s blog for the Berkeley Labor Center, which features commentary such as “To Tip or Not to Tip” and updates on the growing Living Wage movement led by U.S. fast food workers. Jarayaman’s Bill Maher interview is also available online.