RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Las Vegas taxi drivers who say three cab companies owe them back wages for failing to pay the minimum wage.
In a 4-3 decision Thursday, the court ordered a Clark County district judge to reconsider his earlier decision that the cab companies are exempt from minimum wage laws.
The high court ruled a state constitutional amendment voters approved in 2006 raising the minimum wage also wiped out the historical exemptions that kept employers from having to pay it to taxi and limousine drivers. It also applied to some farm workers, baby sitters, housekeepers and salespersons.
The court says Judge Ronald Israel erred when he dismissed the cabbies' suit based on the companies' claims the amendment didn't trump the old law.
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