My daughter was an "intern" for College Works Painting. As her parents, we were concerned for her and asked her MANY questions early on (January) about her role, how things are paid for, how can she give estimates on something that she knows nothing about, will she have time to keep up her grades during the school year, what about license / bond, who teaches safety, etc.
For ALL of our questions she told us that she learns as she goes, she kept telling us that she has training throughout the entire school year so that she can learn the business, they had her believing that they would be supportive and that this was such an amazing opportunity ...we were not convinced that this was legit but we figured it would be a good learning experience....then in February she tells us that she has to drive home EVERY weekend to do marketing and give painting estimates. I had a few big concerns with this...first, shouldn't my freshman college student be studying on the weekends? Second, how can my freshman college student afford gas to drive 280 miles round trip EVERY weekend (not including all of the driving while marketing), and third...is it really safe for my teenage girl to be doing door to door marketing? I found out quickly that College Works does not care about any of the above.
My daughters grades dropped drastically and when she really started to worry and she asked for a weekend off to study for finals they told her 'absolutely not', she had several meetings every week after classes to be at for College Works, then be home every weekend so who has time to study? She drove her car into the ground and when she asked about how she can pay for the gas money, they told her she can "write it off on her taxes"...yea, because teenagers get lots of write offs...seriously?!?! She spent SO much money on gas, office supplies, crew kit, etc., and after painting and working her butt off, she has only made $300 from College Works and that was from a draw that she took. They held all of the profit from her paint jobs until her crew kit (ladders, paint sprayer, etc)was paid off ($2000 which they DON'T mention in the beginning)...so, now my child has missed family vacations, family dinners, family boat trips, friends, etc., and the only thing she has to show for it is a destroyed car, a couple of ladders, a paint sprayer, and $300.
Is it even legal to require these kids to work every weekend and attend meetings / training and not pay them minimum wage? I thought Oregon required minimum wage? I will be asking the Department of Labor tomorrow. Oh...and one more thing...I REALLY do not think it is responsible for the district manager (Barry) to be buying my 19 year old daughter alcohol at one of his "Payroll Friday" events.
Thanks Barry! College Works Painting is a complete scam and I just don't know how they live with themselves treating these kids this way.
I am the first to agree that my daughter chose to do this even after our MANY repeated requests for her to quit, but I am just not sure it is legal to work them like this and not pay them at the very least minimum wage.
Review about: College Works Painting Painting.
Reason of review: Problems with payment.
Monetary Loss: $10800.