Franchisees Sue To Block Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage

Law360, Los Angeles (June 11, 2014, 3:52 PM ET) -- Seattle’s record $15-an-hour minimum wage unfairly discriminates against franchisees by treating them as large businesses even if local owners only employ a handful of workers, the International Franchise Association said Wednesday in a federal lawsuit seeking to stop enforcement of the wage hike.

The IFA claims the bill will require franchisees to meet a three-year deadline for raising wages compared to the seven years small businesses get because their franchise networks employ more than 500 people. But franchisees are independent and not run by a national...
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