I'm seeking advise about the legality of not being paid for job-related training.
I was chosen as a summer advisor for a state university in California. Technically we are not hired till mid-May but are required to take and pass (with 90% competancy) an academic class in which most of the training for the job occurs. The class is given 3 units (an appropriate unit value for and academic course for the university) but on top of the time in class we have three required workshops of 6 hours each, outside of class time.
We are not paid for these 18 combined hours of training because we are technically not hired yet, and thus not employees. Is this a legal practice? These workshops are open only to individuals in this class who were selected through an interview process to be hired (come mid-May) for these positions. These workshops are also not credited with any units.
Is it legal to not be paid for a mandatory workshop that is required for a job I was selected for but am not yet hired for? (I'll be happy to expand on any details of the situation if need be) Thanks. Again I am in California.