Judge grants temporary injunction in San Antonio’s sick and safe leave case

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SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County judge has blocked the City of San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave policy from taking effect on Dec. 1.

Judge Peter Sakai on Friday granted a temporary injunction as a coalition of businesses and associations fights the controversial ordinance. The coalition had argued the ordinance is unconstitutional and goes against the state’s minimum wage act, while supporters argue it’s necessary for thousands of working families.

A full trial to decide the fate of the paid sick leave will be held as soon as possible, according to Sakai’s letter to the attorneys.

Records: San Antonio paid city employees on administrative leave nearly $360k since 2016

In a statement from the City of San Antonio, City Attorney Andy Segovia said, “We respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision to enjoin the ordinance.”

"We will evaluate our legal options going forward, including appealing this decision to the Fourth Court of Appeals,” Segovia said.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said he will continue to support the ordinance.

“It is good for working families, businesses and the community,” he said in a statement. "I will continue fighting to provide sick and safe leave for San Antonio workers.”


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