Ninth Circuit Upholds Los Angeles Hotel Minimum-Wage Law

In American Hotel & Lodging Association et al. v. City of Los Angeles et al., No. 15–55909, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Los Angeles’ Citywide Hotel Minimum Wage Ordinance—which raises the wages of thousands of workers at large hotels in Los Angeles—over a federal labor preemption challenge brought by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Court held that the Ordinance was not preempted under the Machinists strand of federal labor preemption and that the ability of unions and unionized employers to opt-out of the ordinance’s requirements through their collective bargaining agreements did not invalidate the ordinance. Davis, Cowell & Bowe represented UNITE HERE Local 11 as an Intervenor, both in the district court and on appeal.