All employees and employers must abide by applicable Federal law as well as the laws of the state that they work in. Federal law governs and regulates the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and all employers in the country must comply with it. An employee’s pay cannot be below the minimum, even if it’s a salary, piece rate, commissioned, flat rate pay, hourly, or other basis of pay.
As of 2022, the federal minimum wage ($7.25) is the bare minimum that an employer can pay its employee, but most states elect to enact a moderately higher minimum wage. For example, Colorado has laws governing the minimum wage and overtime pay that an employer must provide to its employees. When the state minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum, then the employer must pay at least the state’s minimum wage. In 2022, the Colorado state minimum wage is $12.56. In Denver, Colorado, the 2022 minimum wage is $15.87.
Wage Theft is a common issue and occurs when employers fail to follow the laws concerning wages. It’s called wage theft because the even though the worker is legally entitled to those wages, the employer does not pay out, and in effect steals that money from its own employees. In a 2022 report, the Colorado Fiscal Institute found that nearly $728 million has been stolen from workers annually. Additionally, nearly 440,000 low-wage and minimum-wage employee experience wage theft. Payroll is one of the biggest expenses for employers and so they sometimes wrongfully withhold pay from their hardworking employees. Wage violations are especially prevalent among construction and food service workers. It is illegal for your employer to steal your wages from you. If you believe that your employer is in violation of these laws, you should speak to a Denver Colorado unpaid wages attorney that can help you recover what is rightfully yours.
Wage theft is when an employer does not pay an employee all of the money that the employer is owed. Wage theft can take many different forms, such as:
These are just a few examples of wage theft, and there are countless other ways that employers steal from their workers. You deserve to be paid your fair wages, and consulting with one of our Denver wage theft attorneys is the first step in helping you recover what you are owed.
Employees can hold employers liable for paying compensation any time they violate federal or state wage and hour laws. The most common type of compensation in these claims is the lost wages the employee suffered. However, there are other types of damages, as well. They include:
At Coffman Legal, our Denver Colorado wage theft lawyers are experienced in helping workers recover their lost wages. Employees work hard for their money and deserve to be paid appropriately and lawfully.
If you have not received the proper wages you have earned, our Denver wage and hour attorneys can help ensure your rights are upheld. At Coffman Legal, LLC, our knowledgeable attorneys will hold your employer accountable for their actions and help you recover the full wages you deserve. Call us today at 720-784-7717 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.