If you work, what happens if you don’t get paid? That’s the situation for countless workers across Colorado and the United States.
During my time at Rocky Mountain PBS I-News, I researched and wrote about enforcement of state and federal wage and hour laws in Colorado. It’s an important issue and happens probably more often, and in more industries, than you think.
This series led to proposed legislation in 2016 to improve transparency of Colorado wage law violations and a state investigation into three construction contractors. It also helped recover lost wages for two gas station workers. The stories became required reading in a University of Denver class.
Here are the stories in print, with accompanying audio versions:
- Wage Investigations a Steady Issue for Bradley Petroleum Gas Stations, One of Colorado’s Oldest Employers (Audio)
- Lawsuits Allege Chipotle Mexican Grill Underpaid Employees, Made Them Work ‘Off the Clock’ (Audio)
- Colorado Law Shields Employer Violations (Audio)
- Spa Schemes Illustrate Impotency of State Law in Recovering Stolen Wages (Audio)
- State Wage Theft Cases Number in Thousands Each Year, Inquiry Finds
- Colorado Community Colleges Lean on Low-Paid Adjuncts