City Attorney changes tune on enforcing minimum wage

Posted at: 02/26/2013 2:36 PM
Updated at: 02/26/2013 3:06 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: Eric Szeman
Photo: Eric Szeman

Albuquerque City Attorney David Tourek now says he will represent a Route 66 Malt Shop employee who is demanding that his employer pay him the city’s mandated minimum wage.

In a statement Tuesday, Tourek said he will represent Kevin O’Leary in his suit against  employer Eric Szeman, owner of the malt shop, if Szeman doesn’t pay O’Leary what he says he owes.

Voters approved raising the city’s minimum wage late last year, and the ordinance took effect January 1.

Recently, the city said that enforcing the city’s minimum wage law would only happen if a wronged employee hired a private attorney to take up a legal case.

On Tuesday, Tourek said he decided to jump in and help O’Leary because no private attorney had stepped in to help him.

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