A new bill that would have given workers double pay on Thanksgiving was defeated by state lawmakers recently. The bill, authored by assemblywoman  Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), was defeated by 10 votes and strongly contested by the California Chamber of Commerce.

Business groups argued that the bill would hurt big-box stores who are fighting to compete with online outlets on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Gonzalez argued that large retailers should offer employees extra pay if they are asked to work on Thanksgiving instead of staying home with their families.

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