Can an employer threaten me if I want to quit and make me pay for training?

UPDATED: Jan 19, 2012

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Can an employer threaten me if I want to quit and make me pay for training?

I signed a contract with a employer 1 1/2 years ago. I signed it under the impression that I was going to get a certain position. I in fact did not. I have been working in another position but recently found out I’m pregnant. I am suffering from extreme nausea and dizziness. I have to drive about 20 minutes to work and the meds to stop my nausea cause drowsiness. I can barely get out of bed I’m so sick. I have attempted to quit or reduce my hours a number of times due to various reasons the company gets government grant money and they are terrible but they threaten me saying I signed a contract.

Asked on January 19, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, an employer cannot make an employee who quits pay for her training. However, if there is an agreement or contract stating that in the event she quits, she will pay for training, that is enforceable. More generally any/all terms in the contract are enforceable, so if the contract had been for a different position, you may have your own claim. Before doing anything, bring a copy of the contract to an employment law attorney, to review it with you and advise of your rights and obligations.

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