Louisville’s minimum wage increases to $7.75 today

July 1, 2015

Stating today, minimum wage in Louisville is $7.75 an hour.

The new rate took effect after the Kentucky Court of Appeal denied a request for an emergency injunction to stop Louisville’s minimum wage increase.

All companies in Jefferson County, including independent cities and unincorporated areas, are required to start paying their hourly employees — excluding tip workers — the new rate.

“This is the first step in a three-year process to increase the minimum wage — $7.75 today, $8.25 on July 1, 2016 and finally $9 on July 1, 2017,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “We understand there will be some growing pains in the implementation process, but we encourage all companies to make sure their employees are rewarded for their work.”

Fischer said the city will not proactively seek out companies in violation, but the process will be complaint driven. He encouraged any employee who is not receiving their increase to file a complaint with the Human Relations Commission, which will handle investigations.

Citizens can file those complaints online, https://louisvilleky.gov/government/internal-audit/louisville-metro-ethi... or by phone, 888-226-2264.

The Kentucky Center on Economic Policy estimates that the eventual $9 an hour minimum wage will impact 45,000 workers citywide.