FEDERAL LAWSUIT CHALLENGES ALABAMA MINIMUM WAGE LAW
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama NAACP, low wage workers and advocates are suing the state’s governor and attorney general over a law that blocked a planned minimum wage increase in Birmingham.
The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court Thursday and lists Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange as defendants.
Bentley in February signed a law requiring a uniform minimum wage of $7.25 throughout Alabama after Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance that would have eventually raised the city’s hourly minimum wage to $10.10.
The lawsuit alleges the Republican-backed legislation was racially motivated. Plaintiffs are seeking a declaratory judgment that would prohibit the legislation from being enforced and allow Birmingham’s wage increase to move forward.
Strange says his office will vigorously defend state law. Bentley wasn’t immediately available for a comment.