Advocates for low-wage workers sued Florida on Monday, saying that minimum wage workers should have gotten a six cent raise this year. Florida increased its minimum wage in 2004, and pegged annual increases to inflation. The National Employment Law Project and Florida Legal Services said in a lawsuit filed Monday in circuit court in Leon County on behalf of four minimum wage workers and three organizations that the state wrongly decreased the minimum wage calculation in 2010 to account for economic deflation, which they contend is prohibited by a 2004 Florida Supreme Court opinion. Nobody in Florida noticed the drop in minimum wage to $7.06 an hour because it coincided with a federal increase in the minimum wage that was higher - $7.25 per hour. But in starting at the state minimum of $7.06, this year’s increase took the state wage to $7.16, moot because it would be lower than the federal minimum, the plaintiffs said. But that calculation is wrong, they allege, saying it should have started at the higher amount and gone to $7.31. That means minimum wage workers are due six cents more an hour, the plaintiffs said. The suit named the Agency for Workforce Innovation as the defendant. An AWI spokesman said the agency was reviewing the lawsuit.
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