Can an employer, who after hiring you, put you through 40 hours of training, then change their mind about you, NOT PAY YOU for those 40 hours of training?

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Can an employer, who after hiring you, put you through 40 hours of training, then change their mind about you, NOT PAY YOU for those 40 hours of training?

I was hired by a large corporation to be a remote tech. I received a full offer
letter, employee packet, etc. I completed almost 40 hours of online training
modules, then ‘something in my employment background’ made them change their
mind. Now, its been 4 weeks, and I cannot get a hold of anyone at the corp
office, and 2 pay periods have come and gone I still have not received any
compensation for those hours I worked training. Can they legally do this?? And
how do I get paid for the hours I worked??

Asked on May 3, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Idaho

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Mandatory training (that is, training required by an employer, as opposed to training you voluntarily do to get some degree or credential that may make you more employable or help you get a raise or promotion) is considered work and you must be paid for it. The fastest and more cost-effective way to get the money is to simply sue the employer in small claims court, as your own attorney, for the pay.


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