The Debate Over The Minimum Wage Essay

1105 Words May 20th, 2016 5 Pages
The 21st century has brought many new innovations and ideas to society. One of which has caused a controversial debate over the current minimum wage over the last few years. Minimum wage is the lowest wage permitted by law, meaning all regulated workers must make at least the dollar amount that the wage is at, currently $7.25 across America. The minimum wage was implemented in the Fair Labor Standards in 1938, by president Franklin D Roosevelt. Since 1938 the government has regulated the minimum wage based on inflation. Should the United States government still set the minimum wage today?
Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States was elected president in 1932. After six years of office, he wanted to make it fair for everyone who worked regardless of the job. The Fair Labor Standards Act was implemented to give all employees in the work field an equal chance to earn an equal wage regardless of your race, age, and or sex. (Grossman). Before 1938, employees wages were based on the state or what the employer felt was right for the individual. Some employees were paid more or less for the same job based on who they were as an individual. The government stepped in to give all employees a fair chance to earn an equal wage. In 1938 Roosevelt set the minimum wage to $0.25 per person per hour.

Today people are fighting to raise the minimum wage across the country. Politicians like Bernie Sanders are fighting for a raise in minimum wage. He says “The current…

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