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Court Strikes Down Miami Beach’s Minimum Wage Ordinance

3.29.17

We successfully represented a consortium of business groups in a lawsuit against the City of Miami Beach, convincing a court to overturn the City’s unilaterally imposed minimum wage ordinance introduced in 2016. On behalf of the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, among others, we argued to the Circuit Court in Miami-Dade County that state law prevents individual municipalities from venturing out on their own to establish minimum wage rates at odds with the statewide rate. A Circuit Court judge handed employers a complete victory in a March 27, 2017 order, striking down the Miami minimum wage ordinance and plainly stating that local jurisdictions have no right to take such actions. By claiming victory in this case, Fisher Phillips attorneys Charles Caulkins and Jim Polkinghorn (both partners in our Ft. Lauderdale office), with the assistance of Candice Pinares-Baez, safeguarded businesses from having to pay exorbitant wage rates in Miami, but also erected a shield for employers across the state, as this decision should prevent other Florida municipalities from taking similar action.

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