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Lawsuit settlement helps janitors

Janitors who are sub-contracted to clean the Herberger’s store in Alexandria are now eligible to submit claims as part of a recent $425,000 class action lawsuit settlement

The deal, which was reached at the end of February 2016, covers back wages and damages as part of a class action lawsuit against Capital Building Services Group.

The settlement includes injunctive relief, ensuring that all employees will get paystubs and will have the option to get paid by check.

Workers were represented by the Minnesota Workers Center Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL).

According to a CTUL news release, the organization has helped secure more than $2 million in back wages for working families in Minnesota.

Wage theft has been a problem for janitors that clean retail chains in recent years. A similar case was won in 2015 against Kinco Services, the company that oversaw the cleaning of Kohl’s, Home Depot and other stores in the Twin Cities. In that case, workers complained of having to work up to 35 hours a week off the clock.

To submit claims as part of the class action lawsuit, workers need to fill out a settlement claim form on or before May 26 and submit it to Adam Hansent, 4600 IDS Center, 80 South 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402.

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