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Colorado Lawmakers Approve Wage Theft Law, Send Bill to Governor

Last week, the Colorado Senate passed legislation that would define failure to pay workers the pay they’re due as a theft, and when the wages owed are greater than $2,000, a felony.

Employers could be found liable under the bill if they intentionally pay a worker below the minimum wage. Employers who are unable to pay wages due to bankruptcy or court action will no longer be exempt from criminal penalties, the bill states.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) is expected to sign the legislation into law.