Business Organizations Sue Minneapolis Over Minimum Wage Ordinance

Business Organizations Sue Minneapolis Over Minimum Wage Ordinance Photo: KSTP/File

November 10, 2017 04:34 PM

A group of business associations have filed a lawsuit against Minneapolis, calling on a judge to make the city's minimum wage ordinance invalid.

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Twin West Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association and Graco Inc., filed the suit in Hennepin County District Court Friday.

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The suit argues the wage ordinance is invalid because the city does not have the power to pass an ordinance that would conflict with state law.

RELATED: Minneapolis City Council Passes $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

The organizations also voice concern that the ordinance would, "burden Minnesota employers, discourage business investment in Minnesota, and hamper operation of business in and around the city of Minneapolis."

The Minneapolis City Council passed the ordinance on July 1.

Businesses with more than 100 people would have five years to raise wages to $15 per hour. Businesses with fewer than 100 people would have seven years to reach the new minimum wage.

 

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