Senate Republicans Lead Repeal of Old “Jim Crow” Wage Law

The Senate voted to rescind the law that allows employers to pay less than minimum wage to “newsboys, shoe-shine boys, ushers, doormen, concession attendants and theater cashiers” — jobs to which many African-Americans were relegated decades ago.

The Senate voted 37-3 for SB 1079, which removes those exemptions from the list of jobs not covered by the Virginia Minimum Wage Act.

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