Can an employer refuse to pay me the 20 hours I worked because it was just training?

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Can an employer refuse to pay me the 20 hours I worked because it was just training?

I was told upon hire that I would receive payed training. I clocked in and out every day I worked. Now the manager who hired me is no longer there and the boss over him is saying he doesn’t have to pay me because “it was only training”.

Asked on August 22, 2011 Wisconsin

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you were told upon hire that you were required to do training as a condition of your job and that you would be paid for this training by your former manager, then you are entitled to be paid for for the time that you spent in training.

You also need to review any and all office policy manuels of your current employer in effect to see if there is or is not a policy in effect concerning payment for training of an employee to assist you.

If your current boss will not pay you for the training you had to do for work related events, you should contact the nearest labor department and make a complaint against your employer. Another option is to contact an employment lawyer.

Good luck.


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