The fight to increase the minimum wage is becoming a central issue in the
upcoming presidential elections. In a recent Republican debate, one of
the first questions was whether the candidates intend to support a raise
in the minimum wage, and predictably all said no. However, this is not
the end of the story. The movement to increase the wage has increased
steam across the country with many large cities adopting a higher –
$15/hour wage. The group Fight for $15- has organized protests and demonstrations
throughout the United States, including Atlanta, New York City, Chicago,
and Kansas City.
Numerous studies have shown that raising the minimum wage boosts incomes
for lower paid workers without reducing overall employment or job growth.
Further, studies show that when the minimum wage is increased, lower wage
earners turn around and spend that money in their communities on necessities
such as food and housing, thereby improving local economies.
Currently, Federal Law (the Fair Labor Standards Act – FLSA) requires
that all workers earn at least minimum wage. The failure to pay any workers
the amount they deserve violates federal law and may entitle them to back
pay and damages. Where a state or local law sets a higher wage, a worker
is entitled to earn this amount.
Hopefully we will see raises both at the federal and state level soon.
Because the FLSA and minimum wage laws are complex, if you believe that
you have not been paid the amount you deserve, please contact the experienced
Georgia wage and hour lawyers at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.