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Was not paid can i sue? Washington

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    Hers the situation: I was recently "hired" on as a new cashier at a locally owned ice cream parlor and i was train for 2 days 4 or 5 hours each day and then when asked when i would start working they told me "we dont know where to fit you into the schedule" and so they told me to wait a week and that "they would respond" well now its been about a month maybe a month and half. No response and no pay either. I asked them about and no response. Can i sue?

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    Unless you have a binding employment contract (doubtful) guaranteeing you employment, the employer is not doing anything illegal in not offering you employment/hours. You might want to look elsewhere for employment.

    However, you probably should be paid for the training time worked. I don't know if you qualify for unemployment ins. re prior wages earned/time worked elsewhere.......

    Attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities need not be counted as working time only if four criteria are meet, mainly: it is outside normal hours, it is voluntary, not job related, and no other work is concurrently performed.

    You can file a wage claim with the Washington DOL --- If your employer owes you wages, you can file a "Workplace Rights Complaint" form with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The form can be found at The Department will investigate your claim, attempt to help you get paid, and, if that is not successful, may file a lawsuit on your behalf to recover the money you are owed.
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