ALBANY, NY (WENY) -- Tipped workers in New York State, might soon see their hourly pay bumped up to minimum wage.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the proposal on Sunday.
Current law allows employers to pay lower than minimum wage to those who receive tips, like food service employees. "At the end of day, this is a question of basic fairness. In New York, we believe in a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and that all workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect," Governor Cuomo said.
The governor says the proposal would help combat unequal pay between men and women in the state. More than 70% of all tipped workers in New York are women. Further, studies have shown that African-American workers are often tipped less than their white counterparts.
The New York State Department of Labor will hold public hearings to solicit input from workers, businesses, and others.
The full plan will be unveiled at the State of the State address on January 3.