This ongoing case began in 2015 when the Alabama state legislature passed a bill to block the Birmingham City Council’s attempt to raise the minimum wage in Birmingham to $10.10.  The resulting wage increase would have made Birmingham the first city in the South to raise its minimum wage.  

The result was a resounding victory

As a result of this letigation:

  1. The legislature’s decision to block the wage increase, enacted the day following its effective date, was met with public protests by local low-wage workers and supporters of the Birmingham ordinance.
  2. Levy Ratner, along with co-counsel, represents the plaintiffs, who argue that Alabama’s legislation that nullified a raise for 40,000 workers is tainted “with racial animus” and violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
  3. Plaintiffs alleged that black wage workers in Birmingham make, on average, $1.41 less per hour than white wage workers, and $2.12 less per hour statewide. Therefore, the Alabama law fell more heavily upon black workers than white.
Alabama’s legislation that nullified a raise for 40,000 workers is tainted “with racial animus” and violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Levy Ratner remains committed to fighting discrimination on all fronts.
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