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Can an employer require an employee to purchase product sold by employer as a condition of future employment with the company?

Sacramento, CA |

Potential employer is requiring that employees purchase the companies product and will not help pay for the product.

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Attorney answers 1


If you're an "at will" employee, without an employment contract or a union membership, you can be fired without notice at any time for any reason or no reason at all, and you're able to quit without notice and for any reason or no reason. So they can fire you, or not hire you for future work, for not buying their product. If buying the company's products isn't too onerous a requirement, then maybe keeping the job is worth it.

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