U.S. Supreme Court lets stand Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law

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Mayor Ed Murray signs legislation raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour. (Photo: Mayor's Office)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday said it will not review Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had refused to halt implementation of the law, and that court’s ruling will stand with the Supreme Court’s decision not to review it.

The case was brought by the International Franchise Association, which sought a motion for a preliminary injunction against Seattle’s $15 law.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court reaffirms that Seattle workers’ hard-fought raises in hourly pay will remain in effect,”  Mayor Ed Murray said. “This is a great day for workers in Seattle as we look to continue to fully implement our $15 minimum wage for our largest employers by 2017 and 2021 for our smallest businesses..”

“I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court let the Ninth Circuit’s ruling stand and that we have prevailed at every stage of this lawsuit,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes.

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