Lawsuit filed over Louisville’s minimum wage increase

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A move to raise the minimum wage in Kentucky’s largest city has resulted in a lawsuit.

The Louisville Metro Council voted in December to increase workers’ wages to at least $9 per hour. In doing so, the city became the first in the state to increase minimum wages above the federal level of $7.25 per hour.

Now, business groups have filed suit asking a judge to void the ordinance. The Courier-Journal reports the Kentucky Restaurant Association, the Kentucky Retail Federation and local business Packaging Unlimited filed the lawsuit this month.

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Attorney Brent Baughman, who represents the business groups, said the council lacks the legal authority to raise the minimum wage.

Democratic council members and County Attorney Mike O’Connell disagree, saying they believe the county acted within its authority.