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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.