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Cintas will pay $1.18 million

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A California appeals court has ordered Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation to pay more than $1.18 million in back wages and interest to 219 northern California workers for violating the city of Hayward’s Living Wage Ordinance.

The ordinance requires employers to pay higher wages to employees who work on city contracts. Rather than agree to the higher wage, Cintas canceled its Hayward contract.

The judgment, which affirms a 2005 lower court ruling, is believed to be the largest living-wage award in U.S. history. It includes $805,243 in back wages, plus $375,000 in interest. In addition, Cintas faces $258,900 in civil fees.

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