Cintas recently settled a class action suit for $6.5 million that alleged it violated the Living Wage Ordinance in the City of Los Angeles. Over 500 Cintas workers, represented by Workers/United SEIU, a union that represents 70 percent of California’s laundry workers, are slated to receive overdue back wages. In the settlement $3.3 million will be going towards worker back wages and interest and an additional $250,000 will be paid as penalties. Additionally, Cintas will pay over $2.6 million in legal fees for the class action suit which was initially filed in 2004.
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Lapauw Acquired By Private Investor
BELGIUM — Lapauw and its affiliate Lapauw France have been acquired by Mr. Philippe D’heygere for an undisclosed amount. The Belgian based manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment officially announced that it has recently sold its rights to Mr. Philippe D’heygere, a successful international entrepreneur with special interests in global expansion.
“I have worked with the Lapauw family for 46 years. Following my first meeting with the new owner, I feel very confident that this agreement will provide the experience and resources needed to expand into new markets and bolster support to our existing distributors and customers,” said Andre Henrard, Export Manager for the countries outside Europe. The current management will remain active and no personnel change is expected.
In a joint statement to their distributors, the Lapauw family announced “Mr. D’heygere has international expertise and will reinforce the position of the Lapauw Group as a successful worldwide leader of premier laundry equipment.”