The proposal represents a sizeable increase from the current statewide minimum wage and would allow for restaurant owners to more fairly distribute wage increases to the heart of the restaurant, yet Big Labor is far from satisfied. In addition to believing any wage below $15 per hour to be unfair, labor leaders like Fabrizio Sasso of the Sacramento Central Labor Council contend total compensation is illegal under a 1988 ruling by California Supreme Court in the case Henning v. Industrial Wage Commission.
Enter Mark S. Spring – a partner at Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP (CDF). With more than 20 years of experience handling labor and employment challenges, the Sacramento litigator has an accomplished track record. Not only does Spring believe total compensation to be legal, he is also willing to put skin in the game.
In order to help the City of Sacramento become the first in California to approve a total compensation model designed to reduce income inequality within restaurants, the CDF attorney has agreed to serve as representation in the face of any legal challenge for up to 300 hours pro bono.
“There have been a lot of unlicensed ‘lawyers’ driving the discussion on local government’s authority to enact total compensation,” said CRA President + CEO, Jot Condie. “Mark’s presence on this issue has helped recast that discussion.”
It is the sort of challenge Spring has made his career on, and there is little doubt whether he continues to be up for the fight.