Are Los Angeles Hotel Workers Entitled to a Higher Minimum Wage?

Last fall, we discussed how minimum wages for workers working in specific employment sectors in California would be changing over the year. Photo of earnings statement

For example, last October, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15.37 an hour for workers at hotels in the city with 300 or more rooms starting July 1. Additionally, hotels with at least 150 rooms will have to comply with the wage guideline by July 1, 2016.

The only employees who would not be affected by this raise are those who belong to unions, since their wages are already negotiated. Keep in mind, employers who attempt to pay below minimum wage can face lawsuits and may be forced to pay back wages to workers.

With this in mind, sadly, a pair of hotel industry groups announced last month they have gone to court in the hopes of stopping the wage increase for workers. According to, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the wage hike.

A hearing will reportedly be held on March 26 for the injunction request, essentially halting the wage increase. If you are an employee who may be affected by this negatively, it may be in your best interest to speak out. City officials are expected to contend the lawsuit, saying they are “confident that the ordinance is lawful and valid,” according to

Wage and Overtime Lawsuits

Remember, if you are experiencing issues with your income, including instances of wage and overtime theft, it may be wise to speak to an employment attorney. As this case shows, wage claims can be multifaceted, as they often require a tremendous amount of investigation due to the various laws in place.

An employment law firm can use its resources to find evidence supporting your claims, and could potentially help you seek damages, in addition to back wages. Continue to follow our blog, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter for more information about employment law and wage claims.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys