Wage theft is illegal. But it can be nigh impossible to enforce when the threat of deportation looms.
Rebecca Galemba, of Denver, is an associate professor and co-director of the University of Denver Center for Immigration Policy & Research.
Opinion: When ICE fails to distinguish between the accused and the guilty, justice for all is hampered
A criminal defense attorney recounted a case where a young man got his girlfriend pregnant, leading to a heated interfamilial brawl. His client was charged even though he was only trying to break up the fight. The client, who was undocumented, sat in jail as the case was pursued and witnesses brought in. The district […]
Opinion: Criminalizing wage theft is only one step in the right direction
“A day worked is a day paid,” a day laborer in Lakewood, Colorado stated . But according to the Colorado Fiscal Institute (CFI), this is not the case for many Colorado workers. Each year, half a million Coloradans suffer from wage theft, amounting to $750 million a year, in addition to the associated $25 million […]