Minimum wage violators could face fine, jail

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Beginning Wednesday, employers in Albuquerque who refuse to pay minimum wage could face jail time and a fine.

It’s part of a ordinance approved by city councilors last month after employees complained about not getting paid the new wage.

Voters passed the minimum wage ordinance in 2012.

The minimum wage is $8.60 an hour for most employees and $5.16 for employees who also get tips.

Under the proposal, anyone who violates the minimum-wage law could face a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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