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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City prevails again in challenge to $15 minimum wage ordinance

9/25/2015  12:30:00 PM
Jason Kelly, Mayor’s Office Press Secretary, (206) 684-8379
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

The International Franchise Association's second bid for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of Seattle's graduated $15-an-hour minimum wage has failed.

In a unanimous decision issued today, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reasoned that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones was correct in denying the injunction.

The opinion, authored by Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, stated that the International Franchise Association “did not raise serious questions going to the merits on any of its claims, nor did it show that an injunction is in the public interest.”

Further, Judge Hawkins wrote: “While the record contains some evidence that City officials and advocates questioned the merits of the franchise business model, the district court did not clearly err in determining that the City Council was not motivated by an intent to discriminate against out-of-state firms or interstate commerce. The text shows the City had a legitimate, non-discriminatory purpose.”

“The City is heartened by the thorough and swift ruling upholding Judge Jones,” City Attorney Pete Holmes said.

"Today's unanimous decision is a victory for Seattle's workers,” Mayor Ed Murray said. “This year, we've shown that higher wages benefit workers, their families and the local economy. This decision clears the way for Seattle's next raise to go into effect on Jan. 1."


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