“Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007”, 29 U.S.C.A. § 206 (West) Total Pages Read: 4

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (“2007 Act”) amended the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (“1938 Act”) to raise the required minimum wage. The previous minimum wage had been $5.15 an hour, but the 2007 Act raised this wage floor to $7.25 per hour. The new minimum wage standard was set-up into three tiers with $7.25 being the highest tier and the amount that is currently in effect today. However, this new minimum wage does not apply to employees who are compensated with tips. Employees who earn tips have a current minimum wage of $2.13. The raising of the minimum wage by more than two dollars is a step in the right direction in an attempt to raise the earning power of those employees in the secondary job market. Congress made an attempt to increase the earning power for those who work minimum wage jobs and the new minimum wage should increase their quality of life. There was no bibliography.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq Total Pages Read: 3

This title declares that “discrimination on the ground of race, color, or national origin shall not occur in connection with programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.” This applies to my thesis since employees shall not be discriminated upon in regards to the amount of their salary. Since a large part of the secondary job market is composed of minorities, who have historically been the targets of such discrimination, this Act helps ensure they will be given a fair opportunity in the work place. While a higher minimum wage is not directly related to this Act, I think it will raise the standard of living for those people whom this Act was intended to protect. While not all programs and activities are under these guidelines, a large number are and I think that it is a good start in the fight against discrimination in the workplace. There was no bibliography although there are over 13,000 citing references to this statute.

Section 602 of Title VI; 42 U.S.C.A. § 2000d (West) Total Pages Read: 5

Agency regulations which are enacted pursuant to Section 602 of Title VI forbid recipients from "utilizing criteria or methods of administration which have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination because of their race, color, or national origin, or have the effect of defeating or substantially impairing accomplishment of the objectives of the program as respects individuals of a particular race, color, or national origin.” This applies to my thesis because the disparate impact of employers discriminating based upon race or national origin directly affects a person’s ability to earn income. A minimum wage floor which provides enough money for a person to enjoy a decent quality of life should remove the ability for an employer to discriminate against their employee’s salary based on race since they will not be able to pay them below that amount. A high enough minimum wage floor ensures that an employee will receive a higher standard of living and should lower the level of economic equality which exists between the secondary and primary job markets. There was no bibliography.