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$1.25 Pays the Parking Meter AND These Restaurant Workers’ 401K

Live like a grown up and work in a restaurant? Ask most restaurant employees and they might say it’s a difficult thing to achieve. But at a little French bistro in the heart of San Francisco, one owner is changing things up with an avante-garde approach to her employees’ careers. For their series “Good Job,” […]

Live like a grown up and work in a restaurant? Ask most restaurant employees and they might say it’s a difficult thing to achieve.

But at a little French bistro in the heart of San Francisco, one owner is changing things up with an avante-garde approach to her employees’ careers.

For their series “Good Job,” the team at Nightly News interviewed Zazie owner Jennifer Piallat to understand why she charges her customers $1.25 to provide her employees with full healthcare benefits, paid sick leave and a 401K with a 4 percent match.

“I was always treated like a thief. Like I was irrelevant and replaceable to the business,” Piallat said about her previous experience working in restaurants.

“To say that just because they put on a suit and go to work everyday, they don’t have a real job that they don’t need benefits like a real worker would … is ridiculous,” she added.

She’s not sacrificing profit either. With a 22 percent profit margin and a staff that has stuck around for 20 years in some cases, she’s certainly onto something.

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