A fancy fundraiser hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker to promote minimum-wage hikes in New York is taking unusual steps to avoid an embarrassing protest — by the same restaurant workers it claims it’s trying to help. The “Dinner with Friends” gala slated for Monday evening is charging as much as $50,000 per table to fund the One Fair Wage campaign, which is looking to close loopholes that restaurants have been using to pay their tipped staff wages below the city’s fast-rising minimum wage. But the steep price of the tickets — with plates starting at $500 — isn’t the only barrier to entry, say would-be protesters, who fear the city’s minimum-wage hikes will endanger their jobs and businesses. In what looks like an extra precaution, One Fair Wage has been vetting the identities of attendees who attempt to buy tickets, according to protesters looking to crash the party. In at least one case a restaurant worker who bought a $500 ticket last week hadn’t been told where the gala was taking place by Monday morning. Later in the day, the worker got an email that the credit card charge would be refunded because the event was oversold. The shindig is… Read full this story
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