The Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, signed a $15-an-hour minimum wage bill into law on Monday, June 27. The bill will increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2020. Following increases will be tied to inflation.
“Three months ago, I said we would take up the #FightFor15 in DC and I am so excited to sign it into law today!” the mayor posted on her Twitter feed. The city council approved the bill unanimously. Business owners who opposed the bill argued that raising the minimum wage will raise costs for businesses and lead to automation. Washington, California, and New York all have embraced the $15 hourly minimum. D.C.’s current base wage is $10.50 and will increase by $1 on July 1 under the existing law. President Barack Obama applauded the law and urged Congress to follow suit. “America deserves a raise,” he said in a statement.
Some Americans are not so lucky, since many employers fail to pay employees even the federal minimum wage. The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you if your employer has shorted your wages. Contact our wage dispute attorneys at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your legal options.