Texas AG joins San Antonio-area businesses in lawsuit to kill ‘unlawful’ impending paid sick leave law

SAN ANTONIO — Days after a lawsuit was filed by several local companies to block a paid sick leave ordinance set to go into effect in San Antonio on August 1, Texas’s top legal officer is adding his voice to the opposition, calling the ordinance unlawful. 

According to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office, only the Texas Legislature has the legal capacity to establish minimum amounts of paid time off, repeating sentiments made by Gov. Greg Abott in February and, more recently, a local attorney

“San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and other cities cannot be allowed to pass their own laws simply because they dislike state law or disagree with the judgment of the state’s elected representatives,” Paxton said in a press release issued Friday. “The Legislature established the minimum amount of compensation for workers, and the Texas Constitution prohibits local municipalities from ignoring the Legislature’s decision.”

Paxton’s office previously warned San Antonio leaders last summer that instituting paid sick leave would be “circumventing” state law, given the ordinance would raise weekly wages beyond the legal parameters instituted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act. 

A court hearing on the matter is set for next month, according to local attorney Ricardo Cedillo. 

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