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The lawsuit says that exception gives labor unions leverage during bargaining and argues that the local ordinance is superseded by federal laws governing labor and management relations.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

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide