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Nearly 300 Colorado employers cited for unpaid wages last year, including the Girl Scouts

By ALDO SVALDI / The Denver Post
The state issued citations for $726,930 in back wages and penalties against 280 employers last year, including Girl Scouts of Colorado, according to the state Department of Labor and Employment.

The citations resulted from 345 complaints employees filed that state investigators determined had merit.

Disagreements over overtime rules, separation payouts and vacation pay were behind some of the disputes. Others resulted when employers went out of business.

"It isn't necessarily that the employer knowingly and willingly withheld wages. It could be a lack of awareness on wage law," said Cher Roybal Haavind, a spokeswoman for the labor department.

Girl Scouts of Colorado had two citations for $7,788.46 in October.

"The claims were the result of a clerical error, which happened when Girl Scouts of Colorado switched to a new time frame for payroll," said AnneMarie Harper, a spokeswoman for the Denver nonprofit.

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