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    My daughter is 17 and works as a life guard at a camp (in olympia) She is an hourly employee including room and board. Basically she is there 24-7 for the summer. Her shifts are usually around 4 hours, she never get in 40 hours per week. Today after her shift she went to sign out and tell the director that she was going to a book store to get a book to read in the evenings as she has finished the ones she took with her. He told her she could not go. He told here that she could not leave the camp at any time unless it was her day off. She doesn't have any days off this week - I think she is working 9 straight days. My question is "Is it legal for them to not allow the staff to leave the camp during the hours they are not working?" Thanks,

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    Probably not legal. Did the employer tell her WHY they prohibited her from leaving?
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    • #3
      No. It is just a rule. They had a parental permission form for parents to fill out allowing their kids to leave the camp when not working.

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        As long as you've signed it, I don't see the problem.
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        • #5
          Illegal Detention

          If she is 17 and they are holding her because you signed a form or contract that makes them liable otherwise then they are simply satisfiying that agreement. However at age 17 they can not detain her against her will at all unless contractually obligated because parental control has been exercised. But they can fire her at any time for any reason as this is an at will state and that threat may be enough to get her to stay in camp. If she is employed staff that are violating employment laws by requiring her to stay in camp or "at work" and a claim could be filed.

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