Lawsuit accuses Denver builders of wage theft, sexual harassment and racism
By: Marianne Goodland
June 08, 2016
SkyHouse Denver is a gleaming maze of glass and steel, 26 stories that stare down on Broadway across the street from the Brown Palace Hotel.
The luxury high-rise, which is slated to open this fall, markets its 354 apartments to “next generation professionals” who seek a “fantastic downtown Denver location with stunning views of the city.”
But SkyHouse Denver also markets itself to another group, one that isn’t looking for high-rise views, but a paycheck: vulnerable, easy-to-exploit immigrants, some brought in from out-of-state, who were hired to help build the project but are now being denied wages and facing both gender and race discrimination.
That’s according to the attorney for Towards Justice, an economic justice group, which filed a lawsuit in federal court last week seeking unpaid wages for six named plaintiffs and approximately 50 unnamed individuals in Colorado, plus another 50 in Tennessee at another job site. But the lawsuit claims that as many as 1,000 other workers may be owed for unpaid work.
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