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Louisville's new minimum wage now in effect though some groups still fighting it

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Minimum wage workers in Louisville are enjoying a pay raise that took effect today. The rate went from $7.25 to $7.75 an hour, but some groups are are still fighting it.

It's clear that groups such as the Kentucky Retail Federation and the Kentucky Restaurant Association don't have any intention to give up the minimum wage battle.

The attorney that filed the appeal on the groups' behalf says this is just the first step in the process to overturn this ordinance and they won't give up.

Attorney Brent Baughman says he will transfer the appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court because as he puts it, the city does not have the power to create such an ordinance.

"This is purely about governmental power and whether metro government has the power to do this," Baughman said. "And it is certainly our position that only the U.S. Congress and the General Assembly have the power to raise the minimum wage. I don't dispute that they have that power; Metro Council does not."

The business groups against the ordinance have until next Wednesday (July 8, 2015) to file a Motion of Transfer to the Supreme Court.

Baughman has advised all business owners to pay the new minimum wage in the meantime to avoid litigation.

If you have not received an increase from your employer you can make a complaint online at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/internal-audit/louisville-metro-ethics-tipline or by phone at 888-226-2264.

Louisville's minimum wage ordinance will gradually raise the local base pay to $9 an hour by 2017.

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