ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Association of Commerce and Industry and two trade associations filed a lawsuit in state District Court on Monday seeking to have Albuquerque’s proposed sick leave ordinance invalidated.
The lawsuit alleges that the proposed Healthy Workforce Ordinance is “a form of voter fraud” known as logrolling because it lumps 14 different issues as one.
“It’s an unconstitutional ordinance,” said Albuquerque attorney Pat Rogers, the attorney representing ACI, the New Mexico Restaurant Association and NAIOP, an organization that represents commercial real estate developers. The lawsuit also asks a judge to declare the 2012 amendments to the Albuquerque Minimum Wage Ordinance unenforceable, alleging logrolling in that measure as well.
The proposed sick time ordinance would require employers in Albuquerque, regardless of size, to allow their workers to earn paid sick time off. It would apply to full-time, part-time and temporary workers at any business with a physical presence in Albuquerque.