In Colorado and elsewhere, there are individuals who have not been fully compensated by their employers for their time spent on the job. These individuals have the right to file a wage and hour claim in court in an effort to seek compensation for their losses. In many cases, back pay may be awarded.
Back pay is actually the most common remedy in wage violation cases. If a back pay order is awarded, it simply means that an employer will have to pay the difference between what has already been paid to an employee and the amount that employee should actually have received. Along with receiving back pay, the employee may also be granted compensation for the cost of litigation.
Those who wish to file wage and hours claims against their employers must do it within a certain time frame. As it currently stands, there is a two to three year statute of limitations for such claims. The details of one's specific case will determine how long one has to seek to recover unpaid wages.
There are certain steps that must be taken in order to file a wage and hour claim in Colorado. There may also be reasons as to why an employee may not be able to pursue litigation. An experienced attorney will be able to review the details of one's case, recommend a course of action and pursue fair and full compensation. This is not something that will be easy to achieve, but with the right help it may be possible.
Source: dol.gov, "Backpay", Accessed on Feb. 15, 2017