A group of Seattle franchise owners today sued to stop the city from moving forward with its current proposal to raise the minimum wage.
The franchise owners argue that the law unfairly treats them as large-business owners, though they are independently owned and operated as small businesses. Under the proposal, they must increase their minimum wage to $15 in three or four years, rather than up to 7 years as a small business. The law is scheduled to go into effect April 1.
“Hundreds of small, locally-owned businesses and thousands of their employees are unfairly threatened by Seattle’s new law. We are not seeking special treatment for franchisees, we are just seeking equal treatment.” said Steve Caldeira, president & CEO of the International Franchise Association.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court.