A Response to “Rethinking Wage Theft Criminalization”

On Labor


Published April 20th, 2018

In his recent post, “Rethinking Wage Theft Criminalization,” Ben Levin argues that “the impulse to use criminal law for ‘progressive’ ends”—like combatting wage theft—“is dangerous; it serves to bolster the carceral state and all of its deep structural flaws.” We write from the perspectives of lawyers who have had extensive experience protecting workers’ rights, one as a former government enforcer and the other as an attorney at an advocacy organization. While we of course appreciate the deep structural flaws of […]

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By: Belén Smole

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Dos pintores denuncian robo de salario en Colorado. Según explican, les deben hasta 7 mil dólares en pagos y no saben cómo reclamar ya que sus patrones se encuentran en otro estado.

Wage Theft in Denver – Advocates call for change


“Wage theft is, in many contexts, one of the most under policed crimes in the state.” — David Seligman, Towards Justice attorney.

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When Migrants Are Treated Like Slaves

By: Jacqueline Stevens

New York Times

We’re familiar with grim stories about black-shirted federal agents barging into apartment complexes, convenience stores and school pickup sites to round up and deport immigrants. We’ve heard far less about the forced labor — some call it slavery — inside detention facilities. But new legal challenges to these practices are succeeding and may stymie the government’s deportation agenda by taking profits out of the detention business.

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Au Pairs, an International Class of Domestic Workers, Are Suing for Labor Protections

By: Parchi Gupta


When Linda was hired as an au pair for a family in Texas with three kids, she was promised 45 hours of work each week, plus room and board and an opportunity for enriching field trips and a chance to immerse herself in a new culture. She’d earn only $195.75 a week, but Linda—who did not want to reveal her full name to protect her privacy during pending litigation—had been an au pair before, in Pennsylvania, in 2007, and had a positive experience, so she’d applied to be an au pair for a second time. Once accepted, she flew from her native Germany to New York, where she learned CPR and nursery rhymes before traveling to Murphy, Texas to stay with her new host family. She was looking forward to another positive experience in Murphy.

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Combating Wage Theft in Denver

How the City of Denver Can Protect the Safety & Dignity of Workers


While Denver’s economy is booming, and our unemployment rate is hovering around 2%, too many of our working families are struggling to make ends meet. For many, the core impediment to economic mobility is not that they cannot find a job; it is that their employers do not pay them what they are owed. This harms workers, law-abiding employers, and the City itself, which loses out on critical tax revenue. Wage theft is one of the most under-policed crimes in Colorado, and it is time that the City of Denver join the ranks of progressive cities around the country in addressing the problem.



Workers Rights Settlement Allows Towards Justice to Expand Access to Justice for Wage Theft Victims Across Colorado Thanks to The Law Offices of Brian D. Gonzales

By: Nina DiSalvo

March 8, 2018, Denver, CO:  Towards Justice is honored to receive a $10,350 award negotiated by workplace justice attorney Brian D. Gonzales. Mr. Gonzales not only did justice for his clients, he also thought strategically about how best to combat wage theft in our state when negotiating a complicated settlement agreement. This agreement prevents money that cannot be dispersed to workers from reverting to defendants, and instead donates that money to Towards Justice, a Denver-based non-profit committed to combating wage theft.

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Immigrants At Aurora Facility Move Forward With Forced Labor Lawsuit

By: Andrea Dukakis 

Colorado Public Radio

Thousands of immigrants detained at a federal detention facility in Aurora are moving forward with claims they were forced to work for little or no money. This month, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the green light to a class-action lawsuit against the company that runs the federal facility, GEO.

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Au Pair Class Action Could Upend Decades-Old Program

By: Josh Eidelson

Bloomberg Businessweek

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of 90,000 plaintiffs, claims sponsor agencies have conspired to keep wages low.

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