Supreme Court upholds Minneapolis minimum wage

Published 2:03 pm Wednesday, January 22, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the City of Minneapolis’ authority to impose a minimum wage that’s higher than the state’s.

The ruling follows three years of legal fighting over the $15 minimum wage as is seen as a victory for laborers and the city.

The manufacturing and supplies company, Graco Inc., sued in 2017 to try to block the $15 wage from taking effect, according to the Star Tribune.

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Graco argued it would create a patchwork of compensation standards because of the state’s $10 minimum wage for large businesses.

The Supreme Court said in its ruling that the “Legislature did not intend to occupy the field of minimum-wage rates” and because the city’s rate would not prevent employers from complying with the lower state rate, Minneapolis’ ordinance could stand.

Minneapolis was the first Midwestern city to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage, which will be phased in gradually until it peaks in 2024.