SAN FRANCISCO — In a ruling that could clear a path for more cities to raise the floor on workers’ wages, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday turned back franchise owners trying to block implementation of Seattle’s minimum-wage boost.

The International Franchise Association Inc. and a group of Seattle franchisees represented by Bancroft’s Paul Clement sued the city in 2014 to bar parts of the city’s new $15 minimum-wage law. In particular they argued that classifying franchisees as “large employers,” which forced them to implement the wage increases more quickly than smaller businesses, violated the state and federal constitutions and federal statutes.

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