Fast-food restaurants are serving up plenty of food for discussion in the debate over income inequality.
Fast-food chief executives take home $1,000 for every $1 dollar earned by their average workers, making it the most unequal sector within the U.S. economy, according to a new report from public policy group Demos.
While CEOs have always made more than the rank-and-file, the income disparity in the fast-food sector has become a gaping chasm. Since 2000, the average fast-food restaurant CEO has seen his pay more than quadruple. The average burger-flipper, meanwhile, has seen her income inch up 0.3 percent since 2000.
That gap adds stress to the economy by holding down workers' purchase power, a problem in a country where consumers account for 70 percent of economic activity. Fast-food workers around the U.S. have staged numerous strikes over the last year to demand a higher minimum wage.