Prudential Overall Supply will pay $45,500 to about two dozen of its workers to settle the first case under San Diego’s living wage law, City Attorney Michael Aguirre announced today.

The settlement calls for 26 employees of the Irvine-based company, which launders uniforms for city workers, to receive unpaid wages ranging from $184 to $2,440. The company will also have to pay a $20,000 fine to Aguirre’s office that will be use for future living wage enforcement actions, Aguirre said.

Aguirre filed suit against the company last September after a laundry worker at the Prudential facility in Chula Vista filed a complaint alleging that the company was paying her $65 per week less than she was due under the living wage law.

We wrote a story about the issue last July.

“I think that when people do business with the city they need to pay a living wage,” Aguirre said. “And if they don’t they won’t save any money because they will end up in court and have to pay back the wages plus fines.”

Aguirre announced the settlement at a news conference at the San Diego Convention Center, where the National Council of La Raza, a Latino rights organization, is holding its annual convention. He made a point to say that all of the affected employees were Latino.

DAVID WASHBURN

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