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Careful what you wish for: Association loses its own argument

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The Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association is enduring that exquisite feeling of being haunted by its own words. The association challenged a clause in the One Day Rest in Seven Act that requires Cook County employers to provide hotel room attendants with two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute meal period for each workday of seven hours or more.

The association claimed the act violates Illinois and U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law because it only applies to Cook County. Generally, laws apply to all parts of the state unless there is a rational basis for treating certain parts differently. The association argued there was no basis for treating Cook County differently.

But a court noted that the original bill had indeed applied to the entire state—and that the association itself had lobbied the legislature to limit its reach to Cook County so as not to burden hotels in the rest of the state. Since the association itself said hotels in the rest of the state were different, the court concluded, they must be. The law still stands.

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