Preemption/Municipal Minimum Wage Ordinance

August 23, 2016

American Hotels & Lodging Ass’n v. City of Los Angeles


The American Hotel & Lodging Association and Asian American Hotel Owners Association (“the Hotels”) appeal the denial of their motion to preliminarily enjoin the City of Los Angeles (“the City”) from enforcing the Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance (“the Wage Ordinance”). The Hotels argue that the entire Wage Ordinance is preempted by federal labor law, referred to as Machinists preemption, because the Ordinance interferes with labor–management relations. The Hotels also argue that the opt-out provision for collective bargaining agreements is independently preempted.


The district court concluded that preemption was inapplicable and denied the Hotels’ motion for preliminary injunctive relief. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We affirm.

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