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Colorado Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

The director of the state's Division of Labor (or his or her authorized representative) has the authority to enter places of employment to inspect wage-related records. The director may make excerpts of reports, payrolls, and other wage-related documents and require that the employer provide an accurate statement of wages paid (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-6-107).
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Investigation of certain occupations. The director will initiate an investigation of a particular occupation if he or she believes that inadequate wages are being paid to a significant number of employees in that occupation, or if he or she receives such a request from at least 25 people employed in that occupation (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-6-105).
Minimum wage violations. Employers covered by minimum wage law who pay employees less than the applicable minimum wage are guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500, imprisonment, or both (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-6-116). In a civil suit, an employee may recover unpaid wages plus costs (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-6-118).
Failure to pay wages. An employer who fails to pay wages due will be fined $50 per day for each failure to pay (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-4-113). Violation of certain wage-payment provisions is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $300, imprisonment, or both (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-4-114).
Wage discrimination on the basis of sex. Under certain circumstances, an employer who pays employees of the opposite sex at different pay rates for comparable work is in violation of the law. When the Division of Labor receives a complaint for such a violation, the employer must make all of its relevant records available for inspection (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-5-105). The employer may ...

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