Colorado CBD maker sued over wage complaints

A former employee at a Denver CBD manufacturing plant alleges that Kiss Nutraceuticals had employees working more than 50 hours a week without paying overtime.

Melissa Gamboa says in a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court that up to 300 other employees were scammed by wage theft by the manufacturer.

Gamboa is seeking class action status and back pay – plus 12% interest – and damages.

She argues that owners Cole Evans and Grant Dean paid hourly workers “non-payroll checks in order to obscure the fact that they were refusing to pay their employees overtime wages.”

The case also asks the court to fine Kiss Nutraceuticals $100 per day for violating Denver’s minimum wage ordinance.

In addition to Colorado, the CBD company has manufacturing operations in Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Texas.

The company has not yet replied to the lawsuit.