Minimum wage violators could face fine, jail

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.

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