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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Am I supposed to be paid tipped minimum wage when I pool my tips with management and BOH?

At my job, FOH employees are paid tipped minimum wage- $9.30. FOH employees receive tips, which are pooled and also shared with management and BOH employees, of which both groups receive at least minimum wage or higher. I read a passage on the Colorado department of labor website stating that... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Mar 31, 2021

Tip credit and tip pooling are two different things. A tip credit is when an employer pays you less than the minimum wage ($4.25 per hour for instance) and gets a credit from the tips you receive to count toward its obligation to pay minimum wage ($9.00 per hour for example).

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Colorado on
Q: I was fired the first week of training for being blamed on not properly working the new tech platform correctly, Case?

The first week of training I was blamed for not working the tech platform up to their standards. The tech Platform was new and kinks were being worked out. I was blamed for their troubles/kinks on the platform. They made excuses and said beside I showed no interest in the position in training.... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Mar 17, 2021

While unfair, there is likely no legal claim available to you based on the information you provided.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I’m a live in 24 hour caregiver for an assisted living I have an overtime salary question

I live in basement of house it’s a 12 bed medicade /Medicare assisted living

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Feb 24, 2021

Whether you are entitled to overtime pay for your hours worked over 40 per workweek depends on the types of duties you perform. If you provide mostly companionship services to the client (e.g. social activities, games, conversation, etc.) then you do not need to be paid for overtime. If, however,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Construction contract has been breached by made up unreasonable claim that job wasn’t done right what are my options

Homeowner is refusing to pay the labor contract for the completed basement. Double standard on only agreeing to pay labor amount for contract limiting profitable margins and now has a livable space that’s worth around 120k. Contract breach amount is 12k and I’m wondering if I can sue for... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Feb 17, 2021

You have a right to get paid for the work you did and to enforce your contract. Have you considered recording a mechanic's lien?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I was injured while skiing with my employer on the clock, and he didn't reimburse my surgery costs. Could I sue him?

I was working as a live-in personal assistant for him, uninsured, and he was paying me under the table.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 12, 2021

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. An employment law attorney might be in a better position to offer initial guidance here, as this isn't a straight up personal injury case. You could repost under Employment Law, or you could reach out to Colorado... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Contracts and Construction Law for Colorado on
Q: If I agree to finish a basement for labor amount only can homeowner deny payment for claimed unsatisfactory work.

Do I lean for the market value of the job or just the defaulted contract amount remaining unpaid

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 7, 2021

Lien up his house for the full amount owed and walk away.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I tested positive for Covid after not being informed that two employees had it where I work. They did not inform me.

A child I interacted with and that was sick at our facility (vomiting is documented) tested positive for Covid. As did a staff member. I was not informed of this and went to work for 2 days before getting symptoms and testing positive. The building has never been cleaned or aired out and they... Read more »

Sean Maye
Sean Maye answered on Nov 11, 2020

What you described here sounds like negligence and an intentional tort if the facility was aware of the positive cases but nevertheless actively campaigned to avoid notifying its employees and the public about the risk of exposure. You will need to consult with a civil litigation attorney to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I sue my wife’s employer for emotional distress

I’ve been getting lots of Axsitaty attacks her issues are my issues from work give a hostile work environment can’t sleep at night I get so stressed and angry with her we fight a lot

Greg Mansell
Greg Mansell answered on Nov 11, 2020

Unfortunately, you would not have standing to sue her employer because they do not owe a duty to you. Your wife could potentially bring a claim but an employment lawyer would need to know more of the facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: My girlfriend got fired for discussing wages today. We live in colorado is this illegal?
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Nov 2, 2020

While this situation seems unfair, employees in at-will employment states can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, as long as they are not fired for a discriminatory reason (i.e. based on their sex, race, religion, age, or disability).

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Personal Injury for Colorado on
Q: My employer agreed to do a Covid study with a college in Fort Collins Co. The study was for 8 weeks one nasal test per

Week.We were asked to sign a permission form that clearly stated it was voluntary.

However the employer told employees that if we refused the testing we would be taken off the schedule. This does not allow us to make decisions about our own bodies.Thank You

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 12, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. In terms of the personal injury aspects of the matter, it does not appear to be something that would form the basis for a personal injury claim. Such a claim would require the element of damages. And if participants... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I live in Colorado, am I allowed time off work if my dog passed away. I got fired for coming in late the day he was died

The day my dog died I had taken him to the vet in the morning for a follow up check up I called into work to let them know I was going to come in late and I was going to make him stable comfortable and I will come in to work to finish my shift, I got fired that day and their excuse was lack of... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 22, 2020

You have no right to work in the state of Colorado period. Your dog has the same legal status as a toaster. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: If I have to take a lower paying job to be close to my children will the court see this as under-employment?

My ex insists on living in a rural community where there are zero job opportunities for my career. To continue to work in my career I have to live in NYC. My children are suffering in bad schools full of high-school drop outs, getting into drugs and lots a bad stuff. I need to be with them and... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Jul 16, 2020

This is something that is within the discretion of a Judge so will depend on the evidentiary presentation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: If you work 45 one week and 37 the next week is it legal to be paid 80 hours regular pay and 2 hours of overtime?
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jul 15, 2020

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, hourly-paid employees must be paid overtime at a rate of one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. A "workweek" is a 7-day period (it can begin/end on any day of the week but spans 7 days regardless).... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Construction Law for Colorado on
Q: I recently received a court order to my home address of a company I managed in 2018, and was closed in august 2019.

The order was received at my home address, and stated on the order that it is the companies active office. When the company has been closed since august. I was just a manager and I’m getting the blame cause I was the point of contact. There was draining damage when we did pier drilling, and I was... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Jul 3, 2020

There is no way to give you good advise here. An attorney will need to see the documents you were served with to provide you with an assessment of your rights, remedies, and risks. And this could be serious, so you'll want to properly respond to avoid taking o liability. You should contact... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I have been out of work because I lost my voice due to a mass on my throat

Offline having doctors send in documentation required by employer. I went through surgery on June 2nd got my voice back about a week later but days before I was sent a termination letter for attendance. Is it legal.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jul 1, 2020

The answer to this question will depend on what your company's attendance policy is and what kind of documentation your doctors sent over. It will also depend on what your job duties were and for how long you needed to be out of work. You may potentially have a claim for disability... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law and White Collar Crime for Colorado on
Q: What should be my steps to address a manager (family member) who there is evidence of embezzling, money laundering, the

The illegal activities have been going on for four+ years. Additional problems include missing records and failure to return key business information such as passwords and financial information. IRS, state/local sales tax and lodging taxes have gone unpaid. What are steps (and with whom) regarding... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Jun 17, 2020

If you want to get your money back, I recommend that you contact a local attorney to review your facts and damages. Then you can have a detailed discussion about your rights, remedies, risks, strengths and weaknesses of your case, the law, timeline, etc.

Q: An interviewer of a fortune 500 company told me i couldnt do the job because of my disability
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 10, 2020

Your question does not provide enough detail to analyze whether this would violate the law. If you are an otherwise qualified individual who was not offered the position because of your disability, then you may have a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, you would not be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it wrongful termination if my husband had doctor excuses?

My husband was fired after being absent with doctor notes due to medical issues potentially caused by his job.

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 27, 2020

It depends on the size of your husband's employer and the protections that may be available to him under the law. Do you know if your husband was eligible for protected leave under the Family Medical Leave Act? If not, he may have been entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Can the owner of the resort I work at make me do work for the private residences on property?

I work in maintenance at a resort that has private residences on property. The owner of the resort is asking our crew to do work at those residences while on the clock.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on May 20, 2020

I'm not quite sure I see how you are damaged or harmed by this. Your employer can direct you to perform any type of work as long as you are being paid in compliance with minimum wage and overtime laws. If you are not being compensated for this work you are performing, that would be a different... Read more »

Q: If I was hurt at work by another employee do I still qualify for no fault work coverage for my medical bills?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 18, 2020

It could depend on the circumstances. If you consulted with a workers' comp attorney, they would be in the best position to evaluate your situation. There are certain types of injuries not covered, and a WC attorney would have better insight into this than personal injury attorneys. It's... Read more »

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