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Good evening! I can help you out with your legal question tonight. It depends on whether it was mandatory or not. Was it mandatory or voluntary?
Their entire argument will hinge on the contract's verbiage.
I'm not clear on that. They didn't send everyone, but they didn't ask if I wanted to attend. They just told me they had signed me up for training.
If you focused more on the fact that it was mandatory and not your decision to attend, you should be able to get out of the liability.
If there is a choice, then you likely will be stuck to the contract.
Are they allowed to take this out of my checks without approval?
It depends on the contract you signed, but any withdrawal from your paycheck must be voluntary unless it is a mandatory tax.
Sounds like I need to find the original contract before I can get more details
Yes that would be better. That is the main piece of evidence they will use against you.
If the contract is ambiguous and not clear, then you can argue it.
It says they will pay for training, but that could mean only voluntary training, whereas mandatory is not refundable.
Are you there still?
Is there a way to continue this thread at a later time, once I have more details from the contract
Yes, I'll change it so that you can come back after you've had a chance to review it. It only stays open until tomorrow.