Fast-food franchise owners in the state have taken the first step toward filing a lawsuit in connection with a proposal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The increase, from the current $8.75 an hour, was endorsed last month by a state Wage Board and would be phased in over the next six years, starting with an increase at the end of this year.
Yesterday, franchise owners filed objections to the wage hike with the state labor department. The complaints are unlikely to derail the increase but signal a potential lawsuit.
Restaurant owners warn increasing the wage that high will force them to raise prices and possibly replace workers with automated service stations.