At the height of the Great Depression, on July 12, 1933, Congress passed the first federal minimum wage, hoping to alleviate illicit business practices among the destitute. The law, stipulating the minimum wage to be 33 cents an hour, was originally viewed as unconstitutional because many believed it interfered with the right of the employer to establish working contracts with employees. This particular law was passed as part of the National Industrial Recovery Act, which authorized the President to regulate business to avoid competition, and create jobs for the nearly 25% of the nation who were unemployed.
Today In History- July 12
Congress passes the first federal minimum wage law in the United States: 33 cents per hour.
First minimum wage law passed by U.S. Congress.
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