Lancaster, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: Can a company ask you to work for 2 days as a "work test" period with no pay before they offer to hire you?

HVAC company offering a dispatch position. Already had an initial interview, that is when they told me about this "work test" thing. I have never heard of anything like this before and it set off some red flags

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2 Lawyer Answers

Yitz Erik Weiss

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You are required to be paid at least minimum wage for all hours you perform work on behalf of the company. This sort of work-for-free period would not be permitted.

Neil Pedersen

  • Irvine, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: No. Absolutely not. This is unlawful and you are entitled to be paid for all time you work for the company, even as a temporary employee.

Good luck to you.

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