Main Question: Will I go to jail if I’m not able to pay the penalty immediately after telling the company that I won’t pursue the job offer even though I just recently signed the contract?
I just recently signed a one-year contract (part-time) with a private English tutoring company. There is a clause in the contract that I would pay 100,000 NTD if I breached it. The thing is, my training will only start today, so the company hasn’t invested in me very much yet. But I don’t want to push through because of the mental strain it is giving me since I’m also a doctorate student and I fear that this part-time job will eventually take much time out of my studies and laboratory experiments.
Pursuing this job takes a two-hour round trip travel time each day for three working days, making weekly reports per student, and potentially going home late (arrive back home at 10:30 PM at the latest possible schedule). Initially, they will only give me two students each day but I figured they will give me more as I gain more experience. And I think this is where it will really take a toll on me and it won’t feel like a part-time anymore since I have to prepare different lessons per student. I’ve talked to them about my concerns (I requested for just two days per week and two students per day, each class is 1.5 hours. potentially, they could give me 10 students max in a week) but they won’t budge to what we have previously agreed upon aside from rescheduling but it doesn’t really solve the problem I’m having with time.
So, I’m actually going to tell them right now that I would rather opt for the penalty rather than deal with this mental strain I’m having (I couldn’t sleep well thinking about this). I’m in my second year of study where I need to do the proposal and conduct the experiments, which are my priority.
But will I go to jail for this, though? I mean I have plans to pay the penalty, but I can’t pay it immediately since I’m only living on scholarship money of 15,000 NTD/month. To reiterate, training hasn’t officially started yet but it will today. So they haven’t invested as much time and money in me yet.
Why did I sign the contract? I thought I can handle it at that time. I needed the money to pay for my medical bill (which is big) since I was in an accident without receiving my NHI card yet. I wouldn’t have taken a part-time job if the accident didn’t happen.
If I still need money for my medical bills, why am I quitting if I’m also going to pay a hefty fine? Mental stress. The job may become too demanding later on that my research time might be sacrificed, especially since this part-time job is for a year.
To quote from @pumpkinslayer
“The CLA’s take on this is that there is little chance for a job finder to negotiate at the time of contract signing and might accept terms they are not totally comfortable with.”
How do I plan to pay my medical bill if I don’t have a part-time job? My adviser will help find a solution and hopefully, I could get a grant for my research, which may include a “salary” for me as the researcher.
Any sincere help and advice are welcome! Thank you!