Wage Theft in Colorado
Punishing Wage Theft in Colorado
Despite efforts to combat Wage Theft in Colorado, wage theft is still rampant in Colorado. As reported here, more than 500,000 workers in Colorado lose more than $750 million in wages, overtime, and benefits annually because of wage theft. Further, in the three years following 2017, more than 1,100 Colorado companies have been found to have committed wage theft.
If you work in Colorado and you think your Colorado employer has been stealing your wages, call the wage theft attorneys at Herrmann Law. We are driven and experienced Employee Rights Lawyers and Wage & Hour Litigators who can help you vindicate your rights as a Colorado employee. Call us at (817) 479-9229. We offer contingent fee legal representation for employees who are victims of unlawful wage theft. We represent employees in lawsuits across the country against employers who commit wage theft.
What is Wage Theft in Colorado?
The Colorado Wage Act requires Colorado companies and businesses to pay their workers ALL of their earned wages and tips and to remit payment in a “timely manner”. The Wage Act also requires that Colorado employers reimburse workers for tools, travel, and other business-related expenses. Again, reimbursements must be remitted in a timely fashion. Violation of the Colorado Wage Act will make a Colorado employer legally liable for back wages and unpaid benefits, civil penalties, attorneys fees, and other punishments.
Wage theft takes many forms including:
- Underpayment of wages, overtime, and other benefits
- Constant and repeated late payment of wages
- Refusal or failure to pay wages, overtime, and other benefits
- Miscalculating pay and overtime pay rates
- Failure to provide paid, ten-minute rest breaks — Colorado labor laws mandate paid rest breaks for every four hours worked
- Stealing worker tips — this includes unlawful participation by management in tip pooling arrangements
- Unlawful tip-pooling — like including types of workers who should not be sharing tips
- Improper use of the tip credit
- Misclassification of employees as independent contractors — employers misclassify employees as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime, workers’ compensation benefits, minimum wage, and other labor law protections
- False and unlawful payroll deductions
- Failure to reimburse for tools, clothing, travel, and other expenses that should have been paid by the employer
- Time clock mismanagement
- Requiring off-the-clock work
- Failure to give paid time off and sick leave as required by Colorado law
- Not remitting a timely final paycheck
- Not paying for accrued paid time off — like vacation days — with the final paycheck
What are Your Options?
Workers who are victims of Wage Theft in Colorado can seek compensation and punish their Colorado employer by filing a lawsuit directly against the employer in State or federal courts. The advantages of filing a lawsuit include the fact that your Colorado wage and hour attorneys are dedicated specifically to winning YOUR case and getting you the full compensation to which you are entitled. This is not true for the busy State officials working at the Colorado Department of Labor.
Call the Employee Rights Attorneys at Herrmann Law Today
For more information, call the Employee Rights attorneys at Herrmann Law. If you think that your employer has violated your rights as an employee, call us. We are proven, experienced, employee-focused attorneys representing workers across the United States in all types of workplace disputes. Use our Online Contact page or call us at (817) 479-9229. We are more than just a law firm for employees – we are an employee’s fiercest advocate, equipping employees with the legal representation needed to achieve the best result possible.