Wage theft is a rampant problem both in Colorado and throughout the United States. For every case we resolve here at El Centro, we are aware thousands of Coloradoans struggle to recoup wages they worked hard to earn while facing dire hardships trying to sustain their families. Day laborers are particularly vulnerable to wage theft, where studies show six out of ten day laborers in Colorado have experienced wage theft or nonpayment from their employers.
While El Centro advances much needed systemic reforms with ally organizations and governmental entities around education, enforcement, and advocacy, it remains committed to offer immediate support for its members and the community at large in resolving cases.
The Wage Theft Direct Action Team is a group of workers and volunteers in Denver, CO who fight against wage theft. We use direct action tactics to negotiate and pressure unscrupulous employers so that they pay the money that they owe to workers. We organize to fight for a more just community and we believe that all people deserve just wages. Using a worker-led model, the Wage Theft Direct Action Team enables workers to actively participate in worker’s rights trainings, provide investigative services, and participate in collective actions on their behalves.
El Centro also co-facilitates the Wage Theft Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from the Department of Labor, the University of Denver’s Law School, and private lawyers who specialize in recovering lost wages. The Task Force meets monthly and embraces a multi-level approach to recovering lost wages.
Since 2014, the Wage Theft Direct Action Team has recouped nearly $40,000 working with low wage workers on their wage theft claims. In 2017 alone, the team recovered $20,000 in unpaid wages by employers.
If you have been a victim of wage theft, the first step is to contact Towards Justice at (720) 441-2236 to schedule an intake meeting with Justin Grant.