Thursday, January 4, 2007

The saga continues

So where was I? Oh, right, we've finished the translation, re-organized the flat, had our holiday. We hoped to start a new life, a more balanced one. Problem is, DH needed a job for that, but since he has no diploma and only little work experience, it was really hard to find a proper one and took much longer than we expected. Almost three months. During this time - and throughout summer, as we had no income while working on the translation - we were forced to spend most of our savings. If it wouldn't have been for DH's win on Who Wants To Be Millionaire in May, I guess we would have had problems even with buying food. We weren't worried because we thought, what the hell, as soon as the translation is paid, we will be able to be back on track, even afford a couple of new things. We even bought a new HP multi-functional copier/scanner/printer and a DVD-writer drive for the PC. And then...

*sigh*

One day the company we've been working for called DH in and the boss told him that because we were running late, they missed certain business opportunities, causing them serious loss of possible income, probably worth millions. (Not like I think it's a small sum, but this company makes hundreds of millions, so this must have been a smaller project.) To cut a long story short: they didn't give DH any money. They gave him a contract to sign. It said that if we don't claim any money for our work, they won't sue us for compensation of their loss... of course, he signed. How on Earth could we fight such a huge firm? So, our long months of mind- and energyconsuming work, our time stolen from our baby... had all been for nothing. DH had hoped to get a job offer from that company, so he was extra disappointed. His brother, however, works for them now, and he was a temp when all this happened, so that was another reason why we didn't want to piss them off.
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2 comments:

katica said...

I'm sorry to hear that you were/are having such problems... not nice of the big firm to take advantage of you like that... I would be consulting a lawyer if I were you... you notified your employer that the deadline was not realistic, and he chose to ignore you and then the company gives you an extended one... and now tries to literally blackmail you into signing something they know is illegal...

I really hope things work out for you guys...

Meari said...

Sorry to hear the translation job didn't work out. However, that's why contracts are in place... to protect the parties involved. If the job wasn't completed on time, and DH signed a contract that stated he wouldn't be paid if that happened then that's the way the ball bounces. With that said, I'd be contacting an attorney to see what can be done, if anything.