What to do if I didn’t get paid for my orientation training?

UPDATED: Nov 4, 2011

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What to do if I didn’t get paid for my orientation training?

I recently got a job at a national retail chain. I went trough the orientation process. They told me they would call me the next day to start computer training but they never did. So I called and an HR guy told me to come in today. When I got there he was gone. They sent me home and said someone would call me tomorrow. They never call and after weeks of calling they finally called me and told me I work that Saturday and Sunday at 8 am. I was fed up and quit. Now they never paid me for my orientation. I also wrote a letter to corporate with no response. Do I have a lawsuit?

Asked on November 4, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you were already employed at the time you went through orientation, you should have been paid for it. If you were not, you could sue the retailer for the pay--but only for pay for the days/hours you actually worked (including the orientation). Therefore, you would not be able to recover pay for any days they told you not to work, sent you home immediately, or did not have work.

However, as noted above, you could sue for any work you actually did and were not paid for. One option may be to sue in small claims court, where you can avoid lawyer fees. Good luck.

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