Consumer Confidential: This job requires you to pay $1,800 for your own training

David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Business News

We keep hearing about employers having a difficult time filling positions as the economy gradually reopens.

Only 266,000 positions were filled in April, far fewer than the 1 million expected. In response, companies are working extra hard to attract and hire workers, which includes raising wages.

So I'll admit I was surprised to hear about a Southern California business that's charging job applicants $1,800 for their own training.

Is that fair? It hardly seems so.

Is it legal? Keep reading.

Tatiana Sarasty attended classes several years ago at the Brentwood branch of Pure Barre, a nationwide chain of boutique fitness centers that mix ballet moves with more traditional workouts.


The Brentwood resident enjoyed the sessions so much, she said, she subsequently received training as a barre instructor, although not with Pure Barre.

So Sarasty was intrigued when she received an email the other day from Pure Barre saying the Brentwood facility was looking for instructors.

"Now that things are opening up, I thought that Pure Barre looks like a great opportunity," she told me. "I wanted to work there."

She said as much in her reply to the company. This prompted a response from Kayla Allen, franchise owner of the Brentwood and Santa Monica Pure Barre locations.


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