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Employees wear protective masks while moving products inside a Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store in West Covina, California, U.S., on Friday, May 29, 2020. In the first quarter, sales rose 16% to $1.6 billion, Sprouts' best growth since 2015 and the company plans to add 20 stores this year. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Employees wear protective masks while moving products inside a Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store in West Covina, California, on May 29, 2020. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

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.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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