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  • Pasadena Citywide Minimum Wage Ordinance




      Here's what you need to know about the new minimum wage if you perform at least two hours of work within the geographic boundaries of Pasadena.  Please click here, to view the pdf.


      We have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the minimum wage in Pasadena.  Please click here, to view the pdf. 

      If you work in Pasadena and believe you are not being paid the current minimum wage, please click here and follow the steps to submit a complaint. (If using Internet Explorer, you can email your PDF directly from the form.  If using Google Chrome, you must download PDF and then attach it to an email. Please send both emails to Jon Pollard at jpollard@cityofpasadena.net.) 


      You may submit a complaint in person at the Planning & Community Development location at:
    Permit Center 175 N. Garfield Avenue
    Pasadena CA 91101
    Contact: Jon Pollard at (626) 744-6831
    You may also submit a complaint in person at the Pasadena Community Job Center at:
    500 N. Lake Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 676-8448
    Julieta Aragon
    (Please call or email Julieta for appointment)


    You may submit a complaint in person with staff from the Department of Human Services and Recreation at:

    Jackie Robinson Community Center 
    1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    (626) 744-7341

    Villa-Parke Community Center 
    363 E. Villa Street
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 744-6530


    Find out if an address is in Pasadena 

    To know if you work/worked at a location in the City of Pasadena click here to be directed to a Pasadena address look-up map:  http://pasgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/InformationLookup/index.html?appid=776e95bd9a884b50a39c7a3e484781e8 



    Complaint Forms: 

     Minimum Wage Complaint Form -- English

    Minimum Wage Complaint Form -- Spanish

    Minimum Wage Complaint Form -- Eastern Armenian

    Minimum Wage Complaint Form -- Simplified Chinese

    Minimum Wage Complaint Form -- Traditional Chinese

    Minimum Wage Ordinance Deferral Application

    Pasadena’s Minimum Wage Ordinance 


    The Pasadena City Council adopted a Minimum Wage Ordinance on March 14, 2016. The ordinance took effect on July 1, 2016, for large employers and will take effect on July 1, 2017, for smaller employers. The recently adopted state minimum wage law does not preempt Pasadena’s minimum wage ordinance. Pasadena’s minimum wage ordinance provides for a steeper increase in the minimum wage than does the State.
    The employer wage rate implementation schedule is as follows:
    Employers with 26 or more employees shall pay a wage of no less than the hourly rates set forth:
    1. On July 1, 2016, the hourly wage shall be $10.50
    2. On July 1, 2017, the hourly wage shall be $12.00
    3. On July 1, 2018, the hourly wage shall be $13.25

    Employers with 25 or fewer employees shall pay a wage of no less than the hourly rates set forth:
    1. On July 1, 2017, the hourly wage shall be $10.50
    2. On July 1, 2018, the hourly wage shall be $12.00

    Pasadena’s new minimum wage rules were approved prior to the State of California action and while similarities exist, the requirements are different.

    For information on the State Minimum Wage

    Please call the Code Compliance Manager, Jon Pollard at  (626) 744-6831 should you have any questions or concerns.
                Minimum Wage Official Notice - 26 or More Employees
       Minimum-Wage-Flyer-English Minimum-Wage-Flyer-Spanish
       Minimum-Wage-Flyer-Armenian  Minimum-Wage-Flyer-Simple   

    Minimum Wage Official Notice - 25 or Fewer Employees 

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    Minimum-Wage-Flyer-Armenian_25 or fewer Minimum-Wage-Flyer-S-Chinese_25 or fewer.jpeg 

    Minimum-Wage-Flyer-T-Chinese_25 or fewer.jpeg

                                                Minimum Wage FAQs
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                                            Minimum Wage Fact Sheet
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