Can a company require me to pay back training cost if I quit?

I did not sign any contract with this corporation, and no mention of this supposed requirement was made to me until after my training had been completed.

Asked on May 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you had signed an agreement or contract to do this, then yes, you could be required to pay it back: such contracts are enforceable. But in the absence of a contract, there is no obligation to pay back training costs. And while there can be an oral (unwritten) contract requiring repayment, this requires agreement to the terms *before* the training; therefore, if they had mentioned the obligation to repay to you before you trained, by going ahead with the training, you could be considered to have agreee to repay. But if they did not mention the obligation to you until afterwards, you don't have to repay, because when you agreed to do the training, there was no such obligation or requirement; they cannot impose such a requirement after the fact, or change the terms and conditions under which you trained.

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