Saru Jayaraman

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Sarumathi or Saru Jayaraman is a lawyer, author, and activist. She is the President of One Fair Wage (OFW), a left-of-center non-profit non-governmental organization that represents restaurant workers and service employers.1 OFW advocates for the workers it represents to receive a full minimum wage.23 Jayaraman is also the Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Jayaraman, with the help of restaurant workers displaced by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a non-profit organization and workers center. ROC advocates for increased wages and improved working conditions for restaurant workers.4


  1. “Saru Jayaraman.” One Fair Wage. Accessed August 5, 2022.
  2. One Fair Wage. Accessed August 5, 2022.
  3. “Home.” One Fair Wage. Accessed August 5, 2022.
  4. “Roc United.” Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. Accessed August 5, 2022.
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