City settles with a Fantastic Sams franchise to pay workers $10,000 owed under minimum wage ordinance

June 29, 2021

The City of Minneapolis has entered into a settlement agreement with a Fantastic Sams franchise located at 5003 34th Ave. S. to ensure workers are paid $10,000 in back wages and penalties owed under the City’s minimum wage ordinance

Training is also required as part of the settlement, creating a safe space for management and workers alike to discuss workplace concerns and avoid problems in the future.

The City’s minimum wage ordinance took effect in 2018, requiring for the first time that employees in Minneapolis earn a higher minimum wage. Minneapolis and St. Paul both joined a growing list of 45 cities and counties nationwide that have taken similar measures.

On July 1, 2020, the minimum wage in Minneapolis increased to $11.75 for everyone and $13.25 for franchises and large employers with more than 100 employees. It goes up again on July 1, 2021 to $12.50 and $14.25, respectively. A $15 minimum wage will be reached in 2022 for large businesses and small businesses two years later in 2024.

Violations of the minimum wage ordinance can be reported by calling 311, filling out an online form or in person at City Hall, room 239.

The ordinance supports the City’s goals of stimulating inclusive economic growth by reducing economic and racial disparities. For more information about the ordinance, visit, call 311 or email