Chain restaurants tend not to have the rosiest working conditions. Wages are low, benefits lacking, paid sick days rare, opportunities minimal, and the work itself often grueling. Nothing brings this home harder than the newly updated "2012 Diner's Guide," from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a New York-based nonprofit fighting on behalf of low-wage restaurant workers.
Read ROC-United's complete list of offending restaurants here, and the 4 absolute worst here. But a few gems sparkle out from the report, with working conditions that set them apart from the competition. So if you're job-hunting or you want to support restaurants that support their staff, take a gander at one of the seven chains below, based on the ROC-United report and a dash of our own research.