Today, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a victory for supporters of Seattle’s minimum wage law. The Court refused to hear a constitutional challenge brought by the franchise owners, in what could have been a “test case for future legal attacks on similar measures across the country.”
In May 2015, we partnered with Courage Campaign, Demos and Equal Justice Society in a joint brief defending Seattle’s living wage law. We filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, arguing against the International Franchise Association and other industry trade groups that claimed the law violated its guarantee of “equal protection” under the Fourteenth Amendment and its right to the First Amendment.
The case is another example of the growing movement of major corporations claiming constitutional rights, as if they were people, to strike down public interest laws and threaten our democracy. Today’s ruling is a great victory for Seattle and the people of Washington state, who are organizing for self-government and to end big money in their state.