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New York Court Administration Upholds Decision of $15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers


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Jun 12, 2016

In a state court ruling, New York is upholding their decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to raise the minimum wage for many fast-food workers to $15.

In making their decision, Justice Eugene Devine documented how fast-food restaurants improved in sales and revenues but did not provide adequate wages and salaries, to supplement those employees for being part of that improvement. After a reviewal of those cases, the wage board found out that the fast-food restaurants had significant amount of profit increases but lacked in wage increase. Justice Devine stated it was not fair with this following statement"wrung from the necessities of their employees."

In rectifying the problem, the wage board elected to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers as a solution and finalized their decision. Although, the wage board was challenged by  the National Restaurant Association, the labor commissioner and the board as a whole ruled their decision and foundings were lawful.