COURT APPROVES JANITOR SETTLEMENT IN CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge here last week approved a settlement of class-action labor lawsuit in which Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs and a subcontractor agreed to pay a total of $22.4 million to resolve claims that they had underpaid janitors for years.The suit, filed in 2002, alleged that the three chains hired janitors through the subcontractor, Building One Service Solutions, but were responsible

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge here last week approved a settlement of class-action labor lawsuit in which Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs and a subcontractor agreed to pay a total of $22.4 million to resolve claims that they had underpaid janitors for years.

The suit, filed in 2002, alleged that the three chains hired janitors through the subcontractor, Building One Service Solutions, but were responsible for the workers' scheduling, which included overtime without pay.

Each of the

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