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  • State of Washington: Unpaid training ? Washington

    Posting on behalf of my girlfriend. We both are unsure of what resources to utilize in this case.

    She works at a Coffee stand that is operated and owned by two elderly Asian-Americans that run the gas station it's located on. After being officially hired, and working her first week on her own, the owners have told her that she doesn't get paid for the first 7 days worth of work because it falls under "unpaid training". Today, two weeks into the job, she was told to come in at 8-9am by the owner so that she could refresh her on how to make coffee and said that after asking she was told she would NOT be paid for this hour.

    I'm not familiar with unpaid training laws in Washington. Should we seek an attorney?

  • #2
    She (not you) can file a claim for unpaid wages with the state.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


    • #3
      Agreed. Such an employee would be subject to minimum wage and probably overtime. There is no such thing legally as unpaid training for this sort of job. Yes you could talk to an attorney, but 99 times out of 100 a wage claim with WA state or federal DOL would make more sense. Or even a small claims court action.
      Last edited by DAW; 01-24-2013, 11:59 AM.
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      • #4
        Info re filing a wage claim Wa. -
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