Employers have a responsibility to protect their workers from sexual harassment and to respond to complaints of harassment. This does not just apply to allegations against co-workers and superiors. In customer-facing jobs, workers must also be protected from sexual harassment perpetrated by customers.
In conversations about career advancement for women, discussions have long focused on problems like pay disparity, pregnancy discrimination and double standards of what ambition should "look like" for men and women. These are all important issues, and they deserve to be discussed and addressed.
We have previously written about the pervasive problem of sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. There are many reasons why servers and other workers are more likely to face sexual harassment, but tipping culture has been singled out as a problem that could be immediately addressed.