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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Laundry to Reduce Air Emmissions and Fund Cleaner Burning Wood Stove Purchases
BOSTON, Mass. — Alltex Uniform Rental Service, an industrial laundry in Manchester, N.H. has agreed to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Air Act by paying a civil penalty of $65,000. They will also be undertaking a Supplemental Environmental Project with a value of at least $220,000 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models. Additionally, the company will install equipment at its facility to remove approximately 20 tons per year of emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”). G&K Services is the parent company of Alltex Uniform Rental Service Inc. The EPA action grew out of an EPA inspection of the facility in July 2008.