I quit HESS last month and have already started my new job at TLI. I did get my cancellation of contract letter from HESS and went to the immigration office. However, HESS is still nagging me about the “training fee”. I’ve heard from several sources that it’s illegal and I shouldn’t pay it. So I told my area manager that, she said it’s legal in Taiwan. I said no, it isn’t. Then she said but you signed a contract, meaning I should pay it. So I replied that I didn’t know it was illegal when I signed it. Then she said HESS will want the money anyway, so I told her to have main office contact me and I’ll get a lawyer to contact them. Now my branch manager is asking how I want to pay the penalty fee, I told her what I told the area manager about main office contacting me. But now my branch manager wants me to contact main office myself. I have no inclination of doing this since it will be a long-drawn out and costly call with no end. But my branch manager was actually nice to me and I think they are giving her a hard time to get the money from me. What can I do? Is there a legal source that I can quote in an email to end the conversation once and for all? Or is it actually legal to ask this? I’m getting my final pay tomorrow, and luckily it’s not enough to cover the penalty fee. But I still need my branch manager to help me move out of my current place and get my deposit back.
Thanks for your help!