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File #: 21-0703    Version: 1
Type: Bill Status: Passed
File created: 6/14/2021 In control: Finance & Governance Committee
On agenda: 7/19/2021 Final action: 7/19/2021
Title: A bill for an ordinance amending the Offenses, Miscellaneous Provisions chapter of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to provide for the offense of wage theft. Amends Chapter 38, Article III of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to create a new crime to knowingly refuse to pay a wage or compensation to a worker or falsely deny the amount of a wage owed, the validity thereof, or that the same is due. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 6-22-21.
Indexes: Zach Rothmier
Attachments: 1. BR21 0703 CAO Wage Theft Request, 2. Council Committee Presentation, 3. Wage Theft - Draft 9, 4. BR21 0703 CAO Wage Theft Draft Bill, 5. Wage Theft Ordinance FAQs - Version 2, 6. 21-0703 File Bill_Wage Theft, 7. 21-0703 Filed Bill_Wage Theft, 8. 21-0703 - signed, 9. CB21-0703 For an ordinance amending the Offenses, Miscellaneous Provisions chapter of
Other/Miscellaneous Request Template (Appointments; ROW; Code Changes; Zoning Action, etc.)

Date Submitted: 6-14-21

Requesting Agency: City Attorney's Office
Division:

Subject Matter Expert Name:

Name: Anshul Bagga
Email: Anshul.bagga@denvergov.org

Item Title & Description:
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A bill for an ordinance amending the Offenses, Miscellaneous Provisions chapter of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to provide for the offense of wage theft.
Amends Chapter 38, Article III of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to create a new crime to knowingly refuse to pay a wage or compensation to a worker or falsely deny the amount of a wage owed, the validity thereof, or that the same is due. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 6-22-21.
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Affected Council District(s) or citywide? Citywide

Executive Summary with Rationale and Impact:
Detailed description of the item and why we are doing it. This can be a separate attachment.
In 2014, the Colorado Fiscal Institute estimated the annual rate of wage theft in Colorado to be $750,000,000. A few examples of how employers commit wage theft include, but are not limited to, simply not paying a worker, denying overtime pay, withholding tips, and misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor. Currently, wage theft ...

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