U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Day-Laborer Ban Case

Against the wishes of the Redondo Beach City Council, day laborers will continue to gather on public sidewalks in search of work.
by | February 22, 2012
 

Against the wishes of the Redondo Beach City Council, day laborers will continue to gather on public sidewalks in search of work.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Southern California city's request Tuesday to hear its arguments for a day-laborer ban, which would have made it illegal for people to stand on public sidewalks seeking work.

As Governing reported, the city's ordinance was taken to court in 2004 and then again in 2011 -- at which point a federal appeals court ruled 9-2 that the ban was too broad and it violated day laborers' free-speech rights.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, one of the two dissenting judges, ruled to uphold the ban because of traffic disruptions caused by the day laborers, which he said could reach 75 on one corner. But the court majority concluded that such problems could be solved by enforcing the city's existing traffic laws.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the case without comment, reports the Times.

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