U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

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District Court allows implementation of $15.37 minimum wage for Los Angeles hotels

May 13, 2015

The Court denied the hotel associations' motion for preliminary injunction, concluding the Wage Ordinance’s minimum wage provision does not compel preemption. Thus, Los Angeles hotel owners are required to pay the new $15.37-per-hour minimum wage when the ordinance goes into effect on July 1, 2015.

U.S. Chamber files amicus brief

March 02, 2015

In the coalition brief, the Chamber argued that a Los Angeles minimum wage ordinance governing large hotels violates the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The brief explains that, because the ordinance imposes a minimum wage of $15.37 but creates an exception for hotels that have a collective bargaining agreement, it effectively operates as a penalty for hotels that do not acquiesce in unionization efforts and is preempted by the NLRA.

The Chamber filed the brief jointly with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.

H. Christopher Bartolomucci of Bancroft PLLC represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as co-counsel to the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.

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