NY Board Backs $15 Minimum Wage Hike for Fast-Food Workers

July 22, 2015 – In The News
The Associated Press

Carolyn Richmond was featured in The Associated Press article, “NY Board Backs $15 Minimum Wage Hike for Fast-Food Workers.” Full text can be found in the July 22, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

The minimum wage for New York fast food workers is set to increase to $15 per hour over the next three years for those in the city and the next six years for the rest of the state.

This wage hike proposal was recently approved by the state Wage Board. Presumably, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration will approve the plan, as well.

This marks the first time a state has selected a specific industry for this type of wage increase, furthering the debate over the increase of minimum wage. In fact, franchise owners are considering fighting the decision in court.

Carolyn Richmond, who represents several hospitality businesses including fast food chains, said that she does not see the legal reasoning behind singling out any one industry.

"This is certainly ripe for challenge," Richmond commented. "It's what legally we call 'arbitrary and capricious.'"

This article was also featured in The Charlotte Observer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Huffington Post, The Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, NBC New York, The Sacramento Bee and SFGate.