Beware the Contract Clause Loading US Workers With Debt

The bite of a TRAP can be particularly painful when a worker has been led to believe that it won’t be used. Scally could not afford to pay her debt to PetSmart but claims her manager said that as long as she worked at the company long enough for it to recoup the $5,500, it likely wouldn’t enforce the agreement. She stayed until September 2021, when she calculated she had made PetSmart its money back.

Four months later, Scally checked her credit report and saw that she owed $5,500 to “IC System.” She called to investigate and learned the company was a debt collector hired by PetSmart. Scally had been

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