Grocery associations are asking federal courts in Washington and California to rule that COVID-19 hazard pay ordinances for grocery workers are unconstitutional.

Morrison & Foerster and Stoel Rives filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the Northwest Grocery Association and Washington Food Industry Association in a complaint against Seattle over its law granting an additional $4 per hour in COVID hazard pay for grocery workers. Morrison & Foerster is also representing the California Grocers Association in similar lawsuits filed Wednesday challenging a $5 per hour hazard pay ordinance in Oakland, California, and $4 per hour premium pay law in Montebello, California.