Existing Clients 404-214-0120

Blog and News

Should Atlanta Follow LA's Lead & Increase the Min. Wage to $15 by 2020?

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Jun 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Los Angeles City Council sent a bold message to employers and workers, as it passed a new ordinance that would increase the minimum wage in the county to $15 by 2020. This move, which follows similar efforts in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities in the U.S. to boost the minimum wage, seems to be gaining attention and traction across the nation.

And, perhaps, just as interestingly, it seems to be motivating some large employers – including Walmart and Target – to follow suit and issue their own policies to increase their minimum wages for employees.

How the Minimum Wage Hikes Work

The cities and counties that have already instituted minimum wage increases have planned for these boosts to happen incrementally, over the course of years, with some of these laws having different time lines for different sized employers/companies.

Here's a look at just some of the planned minimum wage increases from across the nation:

  • In Seattle, the min. wage increase will result in a rate of $15/hr by 2018.
  • In San Francisco, the rate will also increase to $15/hr by 2018.
  • In San Diego, the rate will increase to $11.70/hr by 2017.
  • In Chicago, the rate will increase to $13/hr by 2019.

Opposition to the Minimum Wage Increases

While the minimum wage increases that are occurring throughout the U.S. have been praised by workers and labor advocacy groups, some employers have positioned themselves in clear opposition to these hikes. Among them have been restaurant owners who say such hikes could be crippling.

In fact, the coalition of LA-area restaurants summed up the main points of the opposition in a recent letter it sent to the LA City Council back in March to express its concerns with the min. wage increases. Specifically, the coalition explained that:

The restaurant business is widely known for its high rate of failure due to its inability to increase prices to cover rising costs and for having extremely high operating costs — particularly labor, which averages between 35-60% of all costs… [the min. wage hike] would increase our single largest cost by an incredible 66% in only 4 years.

Given that the minimum wage in Atlanta (and throughout Georgia) is currently $7.25/hr – and that this wage has not been increased since 2009, we're now wondering whether you think Atlanta should take a cue from these other cities and propose an increase to the minimum wage. Do you think a min. wage hike is needed in Atlanta and/or throughout Georgia? Or are you among the opposition for such a hike?

Share your opinions and comments with us on Facebook & Google+.

Atlanta Employment Lawyer at the Law Firm of Barrett & Farahany, LLP, LLP

Have your rights been violated at work? Or do you need any help resolving an employment legal issue? If so, you can turn to a trusted Atlanta employment attorney at the Law Firm of Barrett & Farahany, LLP, LLP for effective, experienced help.

At Barrett & Farahany, LLP, we believe in helping people, and our Atlanta employment lawyers will work tirelessly to help you:

  • Defend your rights and interests
  • Stand up to the employers who have violated them
  • Obtain compensation and justice you deserve.

About the Author

Kathy Harrington-Sullivan

Kathy Harrington Sullivan is a Partner at Barrett & Farahany who helps potential clients understand the law, clarify their rights, and determine which steps they can take to protect themselves and their jobs.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Comments have been disabled.


When you reach out to us, you will receive a complimentary consultation with one of our skilled Atlanta employment attorneys. During our initial consultation with you, we can help you to better understand your rights and will work with you to determine what course of action is in your best interest. We take great pride in providing assistance based on years of experience negotiating and litigating employment matters to protect employee interests. If you find yourself in need of dedicated legal representation, we are prepared to advocate on your behalf – our goal is always to protect employee victims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.