What to expect at Monday’s hearing on the tipped wage initiative

The fight over raising the minimum wage for D.C. servers and bartenders moves to a new battleground Monday as the D.C. Council hears from the public on whether to repeal Initiative 77, which voters approved in June.

The initiative would eliminate the tip credit for tipped workers, meaning restaurants would have to pay front-of-the-house employees the full minimum wage, or $15 an hour, by 2026. Currently they must pay servers $3.89 per hour but ensure they make at least the full minimum wage including…

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