The Los Angeles Airport Hilton has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the hotel has skirted L.A.’s living wage law.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Tuesday, was filed on behalf of two housekeepers. It alleges the hotel used a temporary employment agency to hire workers and pay those workers less than the city’s living wage, which is $10.30 per hour for employees who get health benefits or $11.55 per hour for those who don’t.
The lawsuit also alleges the temporary employment agency, Norma’s Corp., did not make required contributions to social security, unemployment and disability benefits. The suit seeks back pay and unspecified damages.
Hilton officials could not be reached for comment.
The Los Angeles Airport Hilton was the most vocal opponent of the city’s move to extend the living wage law to 13 airport area hotels in 2006. The city claimed that since the hotels were benefiting from a city asset – the nearby Los Angeles International Airport – they should be subject to the living wage law, which applies to city contractors.
After an attempt to overturn the city’s action through referendum fizzled in 2007, all the other hotels eventually settled with the city and agreed to abide by the living wage law. However, the Hilton sued in court to overturn the law, ultimately losing its challenge on appeal.
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