- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two hotel industry groups are suing to block adoption of a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Los Angeles.

City News Service says the suit was filed Tuesday in federal court. It challenges an ordinance passed in October raising the minimum wage to $15.37 an hour for workers at some hotels starting next July.

Unionized hotels can seek an exemption from the wage hike, since workers are already covered by a negotiated contract.

The lawsuit says that exception gives labor unions leverage during bargaining and argues that the local ordinance is superseded by federal laws governing labor and management relations.

The suit was filed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

City attorney spokesman Rob Wilcox says the city is confident the ordinance is lawful.

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