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Student Work
Race, Racism and the Law
Spring, 2012

Thesis Statement:

This paper will focus on the possibility of an increase in the minimum wage and how this will help minorities in earning a higher equality in regards to income. Since the secondary job market, which consists of lower paying jobs and minimum wages, is over represented by minorities, this increase in the minimum wage will attempt to specifically help these groups of people. If the minimum wage is increased to equal the current living wage, this will narrow the income inequality gap and will increase the quality of life for those living on minimum wage salaries. A higher minimum wage will provide many benefits and will alleviate the income inequality which exists in our society.



  • “Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007”, 29 U.S.C.A. § 206 (West)
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq
  • Section 602 of Title VI; 42 U.S.C.A. § 2000d (West)



  • Alexander v. Sandoval, 532 U.S. 275, 121 S. Ct. 1511, 149 L. Ed. 2d 517 (2001)
  • Lees v. Case-Hoyt Corp., 779 F. Supp. 717 (W.D.N.Y. 1991)

Law Review Articles

  • Bruce E. Kaufman, Institutional Economics and the Minimum Wage: Broadening the Theoretical and Policy Debate, 63 Industrial & Labor Relations Review. 427 (2010)
  • David Neumark, William Wascher, Minimum Wages and Low-Wage Workers: How Well Does Reality Match the Rhetoric?, 92 Minnesota Law Review 1296 (2008
  • Debra Burke et. al., Minimum Wage and Unemployment Rates: A Study of Contiguous Counties, 46 Gonzaga Law Review 661 (2011)


  • Anjana Samant, “Race, Religion, and National Origin in Post-9/11 Employment Discrimination Cases in the Wake of Discrimination Against People Perceived to Be of Middle-Eastern Descent, Courts Have Had to Revisit the Hazy Boundary Between Race and National Origin, as Well as Consider the Potential Overlap Between These Categories and Religion”, Practical Litigator Journal, March 2009
  • Brenda Valle, You Don't Have to Reinvent the Wheel: A Comparison of Wage and Hour Laws, Their Effects on the Latino Family, and What We Can Learn from Them, 8 Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal 137 (2011)


  • Roderick J. Harrison, Raising the Minimum Wage: The Impact of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 and State Minimum Wage Increases on U.S. Workers, by Race and Ethnicity”, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, January 2007.