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|Original Message Added : 25 Aug 2012|
They are claiming that I didn't give them enough notice, but it was them that brought things to an abrupt end and they are also claiming that I lied about where and whom I was going to work for.
They are threatening that I either tell then the truth in which case they will bring things to a swift conclusion or I can not tell them anything in which case I will enter into a long battle with them.
My options please?
|Reply : 26 Aug 2012 - (Edited : 26 Aug 2012)|
You must be a good salesmen to have worked for them for 2 years and earned a fair living from your agreement i think leaving without giving them some notice is unfair
i am guessing they are asking you for a client list whom you have been selling there goods to..? they probably think you are going to take there customers..? and in doing so you will cut there profit..? is the info they are asking for a new big client ..?
Then that's not unfair is it.? after all is that not what they have been paying you for....i am also guessing and know how you feel that you have made the contact why not?
as for the money they owe you for work done its just that owed
the way i see it you have 2 choices
1 you can supply the client list and probably walk away with a cheque for the 20.000k i think the choice is yours
2. not supply the info and have a long wait and a long battle with them the solictors could drag it out for months.. with no certain outcome... and will knock a huge hole in 20k and you may loose
you will have to decide is the new cleint relationship with you sound enough for them to do business with you directly .. and how much it will be worth .i am guessing thats the reason for you quiting..? an old idium comes to mind about
"bitting the hand that feeds you"
|Reply : 26 Aug 2012|
a) They don't want you going around bad mouthing them to customers.
b) They want to protect their customer base.
c) They don't want you taking customer information to the opposition which would be bad form & stealing.
d) They don't want you pinching their customers for your own purposes.
Tell them the truth and give them their information back.
Treat them as you would wish to be treated and then they will be more inclined to pay any monies owed.
|Reply : 26 Aug 2012|
|Reply : 27 Aug 2012|
write them a nice letter and explain that you have no idea what information they are asking for and emphasise that they need to be specific as to why the payment is being withheld
is 20 k a normal amount they pay you? it could be they just don't have that sort of cash in the bank if the payment system they have had with you in the past is reliant on your sales and paid in arrears From customers and new business you bring in then i think you may well be in a very difficult position
if there credit is extended to the max they may not be able to bring up to date the outstanding balance in one go as so often happens when a company goes broke the receivers are left to clear up the mess as best they can and its usually the staff that don't get that last months pay etc
so where to go from there i suppose it will depend on there reply i suggest you don't email them any more try to get a reply in writhing from them as to why they wont pay you once its clear of there position you can take some action and that has to be a recovery route.
what is owed is just that and you need to be paid
|Reply : 29 Aug 2012|
If you announced to them fairly suddenly that you were leaving then you've probably left them in a very tight spot. You said that you'd agreed to give a long period of notice. How long did you give them when you announced your decision? I presume you had another contract/job to go to when you gave them notice unless you're a man of private means. If they thought your leaving was imminent (rather than months) they probably just wanted to make it a clean ending, that's what every employer/contractor does.
If the whole problem can be solved simply by giving them a full account then my advice would be to do it. To some extent it's none of their business but if they feel you've let them down, maybe justly, and and all they need is an explanation then just go and give them it. If they've been left in the dark about why your decision happened they probably feel hurt and hoodwinked. You've everything to gain by telling them and a lot to lose if you don't. Legal battles are horrid, time consuming and very expensive, especially where companies are concerned.