City Attorney Mike Aguirre said his office sued a laundry service provider that failed to pay its employees according to city rules.

Aguirre’s lawsuit claims Prudential Overall Supply failed to comply with the city’s living wage ordinance, which requires vendors of the city to pay its employees about $10 an hour plus health benefits. Records obtained by voiceofsandiego.org in July show the company consistently skirted the law.

Deputy City Attorney Dan Bamberg estimated that the company could end up being fined $1.82 million as a result, based on the number of employees that were allegedly shortchanged and the amount of time the company is thought to have been skirting the law.

“We’re hoping Prudential does what’s right and pays what they need to pay,” Bamberg said.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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