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Colorado House panel OKs making wage-theft findings open to public

DENVER (AP) — A House committee has unanimously endorsed a bill to allow the public to know when Colorado labor officials determine that employers have cheated their workers on wages.

The Judiciary Committee voted 11-0 Thursday to include such violations under Colorado's open records law.

The bill , sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jesse Danielson, goes to the House floor for debate. It would allow citizens to know if they are patronizing or considering employment with an offender.

Under a century-old law, state wage-theft investigations are considered trade secrets — even when an employer has been fined — and are off-limits under the open records act.

Danielson's bill would make that information available to the public after an employer has exhausted all appeals.


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