Paying the minimum wage is a cost of doing business like any other, not an extra add-on to be counted separately.
workingwa.org Tell them if you’ve seen it on any of your bills
But some businesses have recently added small 1% – 5% “minimum wage” surcharges to their bills in what seems to be an attempt to send a political message about their opposition to raising the wage.
If there’s no line item for the electrical bill and no napkin-laundering charge called out, then there’s no good reason to tack on an extra 2% and attribute it to the minimum wage — unless you’re trying to send a political message.
And let us know if you see any surcharges that aren’t listed on our site.