City Of Dallas Sued Over Paid Sick Leave Mandate

Steven Pickering
July 31, 2019 - 6:32 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A conservative group in Austin has sued the City of Dallas over the city's paid sick leave ordinance that is scheduled to take effect August 1st.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is representing two companies based in Collin County but have employees in Dallas and would be affected by the ordinance.

The plaintiffs  named in the lawsuit are ESI/Employee Solutions, LP and Hagan Law Group LLC. "The ordinance targets at-will employers but exempts unionized employers, which violates my clients' rights to freedom of association and also equal protection," said TPPF attorney Robert Henneke. "Also, the city gave itself subpoena power...but doesn't give you a chance to appeal the subpoena. That violates the protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.  Additionally, the fiscal impact on my clients is very significant. ESI estimates that the ordinance would cost them over $300,000 per year  and the Hagan Law Group  and tens of thousands of dollars of costs on its end to comply with the ordinance."

The federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas asks a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the City of Dallas from enforcing the ordinance while the case makes its way through the court system. The TPPF also seeks a ruling that the ordinance is unconstitutional and wants a permanent injunction against it.

The group has also filed lawsuits to block similar ordinances in San Antonio and Austin. The City of San Antonio has agreed to delay enforcement of its paid sick leave ordinance. An appeals court ruled against the City of Austin's ordinance last year. Austin is taking its case to the Texas Supreme Court.