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Car rental companies settle SeaTac minimum wage row for $2 mln

Car rental services Hertz Corp and Thrifty will pay a total of $2 million to workers at SeaTac Airport after refusing to boost their pay when the surrounding city, also called SeaTac, became the first in the U.S. to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries said.

The agency on Wednesday said Hertz and Thrifty parent DTG Operations Inc would pay the money to about 150 employees who worked at the airport between January 2014, when the city’s minimum wage hike took effect, and the following year when the state’s top court rejected claims that it did not apply to airport workers. The companies began complying with the new minimum wage after that ruling.

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