There’s an old saying, if you love what you do, it’s not work. Does that mean your employer has the right to not pay your worth? Employees at Weight Watchers are complaining about their low wage.
Many Weight Watchers’ employees have expressed they are paid less than the teenagers at McDonalds.
Some also assert that a major reason Weight Watchers keep its pay so paltry is that the overwhelming majority of its employees are women. The restlessness over low pay extends across the weight-loss industry to Weight Watchers’ rivals, including Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.
As seen in recent complaints against Wal-Mart during the holiday shopping season, low-wage employees are becoming more frustrated. Many are working without the ability to afford necessities. The weight-loss industry is now experiencing the same effects.
Since the Great Recession, the demographics of low-wage employees are diverse. Countless employers are hiring applicants that are overqualified with a college education.
For Weight Watchers, many employees were once clients who have experienced the program, benefited from its service, and decided to support others. However, they now believe their passion for the company’s mission is being taken for granted.
It doesn’t help that Weight Watchers is paying two celebrities, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson millions to endorse the company while their profits plunged 15.6 percent last year. The celebrity contracts are a slap in the face to the many low-wage employees who are feverishly working to attract and retain clients.
Bahiyah Shabazz is one of the nation's leading financial experts on the art of maximizing growth, entrepreneur, personal wealth expert, and author of "Spending fast: Clean up your finances in 5 days" and "Finances are linked to emotions: live within your means". Bahiyah Shabazz is also a motivational speaker, columnist, and radio host. If you have questions or topic suggestions please email: contact@BahiyahShabazz.com.