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BREAKING NEWS: ROC United is suing Trump for constitutional violations of the emoluments clause. Learn more at






April 17, 2017


Tim Rusch,, (917) 399-0236

Sian Lewis,, (202) 601-3999


NEW YORK, NY—Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is proud to announce that it has joined a lawsuit filed by the Center for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) against the Trump Administration for its blatant violation of the foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Administration’s conflicts of interest are glaring and dangerous. As a hotel and restaurant owner, the President puts restaurateurs and restaurant workers nationwide at a disadvantage, pushing foreign dignitaries and governments to patronize his establishments over others.

“As a national restaurateur with restaurants in hotels in NY, Florida, and Las Vegas, and as a proud member of RAISE (Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards Everywhere), I am proud and supportive that ROC United, RAISE’s parent organization, has joined the lawsuit holding Mr. Trump accountable for emoluments violations,” said restaurateur, celebrity chef, and founder of Crafted Hospitality Tom Colicchio.

President Trump’s current ability to profit from his role as President is clearly a constitutional violation; the President is banned by the U.S. Constitution from receiving payments from foreign governments. Furthermore, restaurant owners and workers would be harmed by the loss of income, wages, and tips that occur if foreign dignitaries choose Trump establishments over others. ROC United thus joins this lawsuit on behalf of its nearly 25,000 worker members and over 200 restaurant members impacted by this conflict of interest.

ROC United Co-Founder and Co-Director, Saru Jayaraman stated:

The Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest do direct harm to ROC United and to the millions of Americans — workers, employers, and allied consumers — our organization represents. We need a President who puts the success and security of the American people ahead of his own financial interests and those of his fellow elites. What’s more, we need an administration that follows the Constitution. ROC United demands one fair wage — the elimination of the lower wage for tipped workers — and justice for restaurateurs and America’s 12 million restaurant workers. ROC United’s restaurant worker members and RAISE member restaurants will definitely be harmed due to Trump’s emoluments violation, and that is why we stand with CREW as a plaintiff in this lawsuit.


ABOUT RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTERS UNITED: Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News), ROC United has nearly 25,000 worker-members, more than 200 restaurant employer members, and several thousand consumer members nationwide, winning 15 worker-led campaigns, recovering $10 million in stolen tips and wages. Read more about Saru Jayaraman’s new book Forked: A New Standard for American Dining at