After leaving my last company, I still had the chore of collecting my last paycheck. The management team is notorious for creativity in non-payment, so it wasn’t easy. I finally started contacting attorneys and preparing for a lawsuit.
The process of a trial is unbelievably draining. I avoid conflict by nature anyway, so arguing in front of a judge does not sound like fun to me. My anxiety level has been pretty high over the past few weeks as I prepared.
Once I was certain that I had a case, I sent the management team a letter with a proposed payment plan and gave them two weeks to reply. It only took them one day. The CEO wrote a brusque reply saying that I would be paid immediately, chastised me for threatening legal action and reminded me that I was never an employee.
I have to admit, I was pretty tempted to post my letter and his reply here. I think most of my readers would get a kick out of it. I finally realized that the only thing in his entire note that matters to me is the fact that I’m getting paid. I’m glad that this is over.
For a complete twist of events, my new boss got me a sweet birthday present! Not only does he pay me on time, there’s an unexpected gift! This came on the tails of the terse exchange mentioned above, so the fact that he wanted to give me anything at all floored me. But, its not just any gift, he did some research and got me something he new I’d like.
God is good. I’ve been praying about my job and paychecks for literally over a year. The intensity of my prayers has increased over the past month while preparing for a legal battle. He answers by giving me a job, paying me in full and giving me gifts.
Next time you catch me having little faith, send me a link to this post. Seriously.