Recession-driven layoffs and corporate belt tightening are hampering efforts to win women and minorities workplace parity, according to those who have championed such movements in the restaurant industry. As corporate engines sputter and budgets shrink, so too do hiring and development initiatives that promote diversity, observers say. And for women, who already hold a majority of foodservice jobs but are underrepresented in management positions, that’s bad news. In 2007 women ...

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