Wage law holds chains to different rule

Posted: June 26, 2014 at 2:32 a.m.

In this Monday, June 23, 2014 photo, Chuck Stempler, owner of an AlphaGraphics printing and marketing franchise, poses for a photo with his dog, Dagny, in the shipping and receiving area of his business, in Seattle. Stempler, who is a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn a Seattle law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 from the current $9.32, says he will have to cut jobs to afford the higher wage.

Hundreds of franchisees are learning they're not small businesses, at least in the eyes of city government.

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