Sound Off for September 1st: Is Seattle’s minimum wage unfair to small business owners?

Sound Off for September 1st: Is Seattle’s minimum wage unfair to small business owners?

A lawyer for the International Franchise Association is arguing before a federal appeals panel that Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law unfairly treats one class of small employer differently from others.

Paul Clement told a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the ordinance discriminates against franchises. It says small businesses have seven years to phase in the higher wage, but large companies and franchises must meet the $15 target by 2017 or 2018.

Clement says that’s unconstitutional. 

The association wants an injunction against the ordinance that went into effect April 1st. A U.S. District Court judge rejected that.

Seattle’s lawyers say the ordinance fairly requires businesses that can pay more to pay a higher wage sooner rather than later.

The appellate judges said they’ll rule at a later date.

Do you think Seattle’s minimum wage is unfair to small business owners?

You can also email your response to soundoff@kxly.com