If I’m told that I’m hired at a job but 2 days before I start they make me sign a contract to stay there for 2 years or pay a fine, is that legal?

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If I’m told that I’m hired at a job but 2 days before I start they make me sign a contract to stay there for 2 years or pay a fine, is that legal?

Asked on February 15, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It is completely legal. All employment is employment at will, unless you already have an employment contract. That means you can be fired at any times, which in turn means that they can tell you that you have a job, then tell you that you don't--or that you need to sign a contract to get the job. A contract requiring an employee to pay a fine or repay costs (such as recruiting, training, etc. costs) if the employee leaves before a specified time is legal. Therefore, they can tell you that if you want the job, you have to sign the contract; and if you don't want to sign the contract, then your option is to not take the job.


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