Today the United States Supreme Court announced that it would not accept review of the unanimous decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to halt full implementation of Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage law.
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court reaffirms that Seattle workers’ hard-fought raises in hourly pay will remain in effect,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “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. Our phased-in approach to raising wages, developed by labor and business working together, minimizes disruptions—especially to our small businesses which are the backbone of Seattle’s vibrant economy. I am proud that Seattle’s ground-breaking approach to addressing income inequality will continue to move forward.”
“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.
The Ninth Circuit had affirmed an earlier ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones, denying the International Franchise Association’s motion for a preliminary injunction.
The effect of today’s decision by the Supreme Court is that Seattle’s minimum wage law can continue to be fully implemented as scheduled.