I was contacted by a recruiter with Encore Payment Systems on 11/6. This recruiter described a sales position that is 0-pay but commission-based. She indicated that she wanted to recommend me for the role in my area but said a 2nd interview was required. She scheduled it for the next morning. She sent an e-mail with a link for me to fill out my personal info. Part of it said I would commit to training Mon and Tues of next week should I be selected during 2nd interview. The 2nd interview was this morning 11/7 and I was told they wanted to hire me. I was told training would be a Webinar next Monday and Tuesday and I'd begin making calls on Wednesday. After doing more research, I declined the offer. A voice mail response told me to call them back to avoid being charged training fees.
Sounds shady. There's probably some fine print somewhere but my gut tells me you don't owe anything. In fact, you might have stumbled across a case worthy of review as a class action. Call an attorney now. Hopefully, this company's attorney doesn't use Avvo.
The threat to charge you for training fees is likely hollow and without merit. It is possible that you could be charged for certain pre-employment training if the training is to procure the necessary certificate or qualifying background in the area. If the training was to get you up to speed on the company practices and procedures, you are to be paid for that.
Unless you signed a written agreement whereby you promised to engage in this training and wherein there was a late cancellation fee, you have little to worry about. If you did sign such a contract, it would be prudent to have an attorney look at it. It may well be unenforceable for several possible reasons.
Good luck to you.
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It doesn't sound like the potential employer can charge you for not participating in a webinar that hasn't even happened yet. And I cannot believe the employer incurred any expense watever for one person not attending a webinar. Webinars generally cost the same regardless of how many people attend.
You can call them back and see what they have to say. Write down the name of the person you speak with, the date and time of the call, the number you called, and everything that is said. Ask the person to send you written proof of your obligation to pay for not attending
You may be interested in reading this on-line summary of the company's practices. http://www.cardpaymentoptions.com/credit-card-processors/encore-payment-systems/ There are references to it being a "hiring mill," using deceptive tactics, and more. After reading the article, you'll be very glad you declined the job offer.
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