The city of Austin is being sued by a local conservative think tank in regards to the city’s paid sick leave ordinance, which will go into effect on October 1 and requires private businesses to provide between six and eight paid sick leave days to every one of their employees.
The lawsuit was recently filed in district court by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, who is representing plaintiffs including the National Federation of Independent Business and the Texas Association of Business.
The lawsuit argues that the paid sick leave ordinance is a violation of the Texas Constitution and is also preempted by state minimum wage laws. It is being requested that the ordinance be blocked from going forward while the current case is pending.
A spokesperson for the city, however, says that the city is ready to defend the ordinance in court and will continue to stand by it.
Work Strong Austin, which is a group comprised of many local organizations, has gone on record of stating that the lawsuit recently filed in frivolous.
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