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Florida's Labor Department Sued for Failing to Increase Minimum Wage

January 14, 2011

In a recent minimum wage development from this week that our Santa Ana wage and hour attorneys have been watching, the state of Florida's department of labor was sued on Monday by two legal groups, claiming that the state failed to increase the minimum wage by 6 cents per hour in 2011, to keep up with rising inflation.

The minimum wage lawsuit, filed by the Florida Legal Services and the National Employment Law Project, reportedly claimed that by keeping the state minimum wage at the federal rate of $7.25, the Agency for Workforce Innovation was violating the Florida Constitution, instead of raising it to $7.31 on January 1, 2011.

According to Bloomberg, this minimum wage decision could effect around 188,000 workers, costing the low-wage employees who work at the minimum wage on a full-time basis for 40-hours a week up to $128 individually, and up to $15 million collectively from that extra 6 cents in compensation per year.

The wage and hour lawsuit was reportedly filed on behalf of four workers and three organizations that represent low-wage employees. Seven other states that also share similar laws were reportedly mentioned in the lawsuit, as Arizona, Ohio, Washington, Vermont, Colorado, Montana and Oregon all increased their state minimum wages on January 1, 2011.

In cities throughout Orange County, California, contact Howard Law, PC today for a free consultation about your wage and hour rights.

Florida Sued for Failing to Raise Minimum Wage, Bloomberg, January 11, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)