If it’s illegal to pay someone less than $15 an hour, shouldn’t the worker who accepts less than $15 be punished too?

Asked another way: does it even make sense to punish anyone who works for less than $15 an hour? A job is an agreement between two people, a boss and a worker. If the boss must pay people $15 why isn’t someone who accepts less also breaking the minimum wage law?

Or, why is government deciding what people can accept for working? Why is it acceptable to fine a boss for paying too little but not fine someone who accepts less that $15 and hour? Why do people accept low paying jobs in the first place?

Maybe it’s just wrong for someone else to decide how much workers get or how much bosses pay. Neither the bosses nor the workers should have to accept rules made by someone who has no business getting involved in someone else’s business.  

 

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