The International Franchise Association has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit court decision that deems franchise operators in Seattle to be large employers because they are part of a chain. In a petition filed Monday, the IFA contends that a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour in Seattle discriminates against franchise operators in the city, who typically run small, local businesses. Under the minimum wage ordinance, however, those franchisees are defined as larger ...

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