Published: Jan 10, 2011 9:50 PM EST
Updated: Jan 10, 2011 6:50 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Two legal groups have sued Florida's labor agency for failing to raise the minimum wage by 6 cents per hour this year to keep up with inflation.

The lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of minimum wage workers claims the Agency for Workforce Innovation violated the Florida Constitution by not raising the state minimum wage to $7.31 on Jan. 1.

Instead, the agency kept Florida under the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. An agency spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The lawsuit was filed in state Circuit Court in Tallahassee by the National Employment Law Project and Florida Legal Services.

It noted seven states with similar laws did increase their minimum wages.

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