Court Rules in Favor of the City in Minimum Wage Lawsuit

Court Rules in Favor of the City in Minimum Wage Lawsuit. The City has prevailed in a legal challenge to our minimum wage ordinance. The decision means the ordinance, which took effect January 1, will stay in place. For this first phase of the ordinance, large businesses with more than 100 employees are required to pay workers a minimum of $10 an hour. Smaller businesses are gradually phased in with the first minimum of $10.25 set to begin on July 1, 2018. The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and employees are encouraged to report violations. There are more than 84,000 people in Minneapolis with incomes below the federal poverty level. An increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour is expected to benefit 23 percent of workers in Minneapolis (about 71,000 people). For more information visit For additional questions call 311 or email

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