Denver Labor, a division of the Denver Auditor’s office announced that it had found that two staffing firms, Gigpro and Instawork, had misclassified workers as independent contractors instead of employees and paid them less than minimum wage, did not pay them overtime, and did not provide them paid sick leave. Denver Labor said:
New determinations from Denver Labor, a division of the Denver Auditor’s Office, found that two staffing companies misclassified their workers as independent contractors. As a result, hundreds of workers were paid less than minimum wage and did not receive overtime pay, and thousands were denied the right to paid sick leave. In total, these new wage theft determinations revealed more than 1,200 minimum wage violations, more than 700 overtime violations, and more than 13,500 paid sick leave violations. The wage theft determinations require the two companies involved to pay almost $280,000 in restitution to workers and more than $800,000 in fines.