Lost Wages, Soaring Revenue: An Analysis of the Impact of the Failure of Hotels to Implement the Century Corridor Living Wage


On November 22, 2006 the Los Angeles City Council adopted an ordinance requiring LAX-area hotels to pay workers a living wage. The hotels responded by gathering signatures for a referendum and by filing a lawsuit that has delayed implementation of the living wage for more than a year.

This white paper attempts to quantify the cost to employees of that delay and also looks at the growth in revenue for the hotels during that time.