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Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues Minneapolis over $15 minimum wage

November 10, 2017 GMT

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is taking the city of Minneapolis to court over the $15 minimum wage, saying the ordinance conflicts with existing state law.

In a lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court on Friday, the chamber asked the court to issue a temporary injunction freezing the ordinance, then a permanent injunction nullifying it.

The state has set the minimum wage in Minnesota, and a city does not have the power to set a different minimum wage, said Cam Winton, the chambers director of labor management policy.

Minnesotas hourly minimum wage is $9.50. The Minneapolis City Council approved the higher citywide minimum wage June 30, which requires employers in the city to pay $15 an hour by July 2024.

The chamber also sued the city in 2016, after the City Council passed a mandatory paid sick-leave ordinance. In January, a Hennepin County judge said the city could move forward with the ordinance, but it could only apply it to employers based in the city. The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld that ruling in September.

Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said the chambers minimum wage lawsuit echoes its fight against paid sick and safe time.

They have raised the same failed arguments as they raised in their suit challenging the citys Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, Segal said in an e-mail Friday. We will be vigorously defending against this suit.

Emma Nelson 612-673-4509