Your post just provided a prime example to my previous post. It's just this kind of acceptance that perpetuates the problem of exploitation.
This type of exploitation is rampant in the foodservice industry. NO other business can get away with this type of treatment of their production labor in the us without severe penalties.
It mystifies me how FS continues to do so.
I believe it stems from so many midlevel workers just accepting the status quo and this is why there is such a plethora of mediocrity in this business.
The remedy to the rampant exploitation will only come from people like ihoop standing up for their rights as American workers, reporting such exploitation to the labor board and suing for back pay.
If fair labor statutes were uniformly enforced in this industry, yes, plenty of restaurants with go under-that's a good thing. It raises the value of what we do, raises overall quality in the business as a whole and helps all workers in the long run by getting rid of the deadwood.
It IS possible to have passion for what you do, get paid a living wage, and not have to fall upon your sword to obtain quality experience and move upwards. It's just very rare in the foodservice industry, mainly due to NRA lobbying to weaken fair wage and labor standards enforcement. The only other professionals who are required to work similar hours are doctors just out of med school (leading to questionable safety issues) and financial analysts fresh from business school. But then, the pay structure for these workers is far beyond what food service workers make and their path of upward mobility is relatively clear. But this is a little like comparing apples to oranges.
To compare apples to apples-
Imagine someone who has a creative bent and is interested in a job making objects from glass. He/she might find work in two differing types of glass businesses: one-a large company with a factory producing thousands of objects to be sold large retailers or two- a smaller, craft glass factory making specific types of glass lamps used by high-end architectural design firms. At either one, he would start out at the bottom producing whatever he is assigned to and gradually building his skills, becoming more valuable to the company. His safety would be protected, his hours clearly scheduled and the scope of his work defined. At no time would he be expected to work for no pay, work on his days off, or punch in after he's been working for a while or long before he leaves. As a production worker, he would be paid an hourly wage, not a weekly or monthly salary for undefined hours. If he worked more than 40 hours/week to help meet a short deadline, he would expect to be paid overtime and his rights would be protected.
This is fair and what the Fair Labor Standards Act requires. Why does one type business comply with labor laws and another flagrantly flaunt them with impunity? Because of the complicity of production labor and mid-level managers, acceptance of the status quo and the lobbying efforts of the NRA in Washington.