In a decision some hope will lead to fewer local laws controlling how employers manage their work forces, a California Superior Court judge has struck down a Los Angeles ordinance.
Los Angeles passed a law in 2005 that made it illegal for large supermarket chains taking over local grocery stores to fire existing employees. New owners were required to keep employees on for at least 90 days.
The judge ruled that the ordinance was unconstitutional because it singled out supermarkets with more than 15,000 square feet.
Other Los Angeles ordinances currently being challenged include one that imposes higher minimum wages at hotels near the Los Angeles International Airport. Opponents of that law have asked the California Supreme Court to invalidate it.
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