If the Commission determines that an employer acted in bad faith in not paying wages as required by the statute, the Commission may assess an administrative penalty against the employer in the amount of the wages claimed or $1,000, whichever is lesser. Penalties in the same amount may be assessed against an employee who files a wage claim in bad faith. An employer commits an offense that is a third degree felony if the employer hires or intends to continue to employ an employee with the intent to avoid payment of wages owed to the employee and if the employer fails after demand to pay those wages.
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