TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – If you get paid the minimum wage in Florida, you’re about to get a raise.
The state’s minimum wage will increase by 6 cents to $7.31 an hour on June 1 after a judge in Leon County found the state miscalculated the rate.
A lawsuit was filed because workers claimed the state violated the state constitution by keeping minimum wage at the $7.25 federal rate, which is the same as it was last year.
Voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 that set a state minimum wage that would increase with inflation, which the judge found the state didn’t do when setting the rate.
The wage increase affects about 188,000 workers and those that work 40-hour work weeks will earn an additional $128 annually.
The minimum wage for workers like waitresses and bartenders who earn tips will increase from $4.23 to $4.29 per hour.