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  • Was not paid can i sue? Washington

    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 http://www.lni.wa.gov/forms/pdf/700027af.pdf. 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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