For the last few months I have been working for some people who like me so much that they can’t bear the thought of me having any free time for stuff like this website, my girlfriend, sleep etc. Their solution is to have me work at a bunch of different places, and schedule tons of overtime - much of which is cancelled at the last minute, leaving me at a loose end without even the benefit of their infuriatingly small overtime pay.
I have complained repeatedly and six weeks ago I warned them that if things didn’t improve I would have to find a better job. I did agree that I wouldn’t run out until after the end of the school semester tho’.
On Friday I had a dispute about cancellation fees. I have checked my contract and am sure that they are in the wrong. After arguing pointlessly round in circles for a while I told them that it was up to their consciences whether they paid me, but that I was not prepared to work any more overtime.
I went on to remind them of my earlier promise, and told them that I am now actively seeking somewhere else to go. I made a point of stressing that I will give a month’s notice like it says in my contract, and that I would honour my earlier commitment to finish the school year.
Their response was that if I didn’t want to work there then I need not come into work the following day, or ever again.
They called this morning to summon me to a meeting this afternoon with their lawyer to ‘settle everything and sign an agreement’. As they have also told me that I am not entitled to severance pay or notice, and that foriegn teachers are not covered by Taiwan labour laws.
My contract specifically uses the phrase ‘In accordance with Taiwan Labor Law’ three times, and also specifies that it is governed by the laws of Taiwan. As they tried to re-interpret the clause about cancellation fees, I believe that they are going to try and get out of paying me properly.
Any advice anyone? I have been told by friends that I am entitled to 10 days notice or salary in lieu of notice. If I can be certain that this is the case then I will insist on getting the money, but don’t want to lose whatever offer is on the table by demanding something I am not entitled to.
Having thought about this over the weekend I am prepared to go to court if necessary. Who do I hire?