AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Supreme Court denied the City of Austin’s petition for review in the Austin paid sick leave lawsuit.

“The Texas Supreme Court’s denial of the city of Austin’s appeal leaves undisturbed the Third Court of Appeal’s opinion that the Austin paid sick leave ordinance is unconstitutional because it is preempted by state law,” said Robert Henneke, general counsel for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Once again, Texas courts are unanimous that cities in Texas lack the lawful power to mandate paid sick leave that interferes with the ability of employers and employees to negotiate wages and benefits. Today’s denial by the Texas Supreme Court is a clear signal that cities across Texas should withdraw these unconstitutional ordinances.”