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Report shows most fast-food workers in Texas live on public assistance

A study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed that 59% of Texas fast-food workers rely on government assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to support themselves and their families.

This ranks Texas as the seventh-largest percentage of front-line fast-food workers on government assistance among the 24 states featured in the report.

According to Employment Policies Institute research director Michael Saltsman, employers would replace their workers with automated machinery if the minimum wage was raised significantly. Therefore, Saltsman added, tax payers must decide whether to partially support lower-skilled fast-food workers, or support them entirely if they were to lose their jobs to an “unrealistic wage mandate.

If you or a loved one work in a hostile work environment or are being payed below minimum wage, you may consider seeking legal representation. Please share your story with our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm in Austin by calling (512) 330-0017 today.

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