I posted about this on "Am I Being Unreasonable" a few weeks ago, but am not sure how to do a link so I will try to briefly explain the situation again.
We had planned to move back to where we are originally from (300 miles away) back in November and I had secured a job as a trainee IFA. The company put you through your exams after which you would be fully qualified. They sent me a 40 hour opt in/out clause to sign and also made me sign a document saying I would pay back the cost of the training if I left the company before 2 years (there was no mention of how much the actual training would be, but I already have one of the exams which cost me £150 a year ago and there are 3 exams in total). I was expecting to work more than 40 hours a week for a while becuase of the intense nature of the training so I signed to say I could work more than 40 hours a week and also signed the training cost agreement too.
I moved into a friends house for a week as our new house wasn't ready until the week after, while DP tied up lose ends and DS finished school up here. However after 3 days at this new company it became clear that the job was not compatible with having a family. In the first 6 weeks we were expected to work 100 hours a week and then after that it is an unwritten rule but expected that you work 12 hour days. No-one else there had kids and I knew if I stayed I would never see my family so after much soul searching I left the company after 3 days which meant we also had to give up our dream of moving back to the area we have wanted to move back to for years. We lost money on the new rented house as well as our deposit on the van.
When I told the company I was leaving I enquired how much I would have to pay back and the manager I spoke with said it would probably be in the region of £300 which could be offset by the pay I was due. However I have now received a nasty letter from them demanding £1600 or they will take me to a debt collection agency. They never paid me for the 3 days I was there and they are claiming this is the second letter they have sent when it is actually the first.
I kniw I was naive to sign what I did without looking into it properly but we were so excited to be moving home and I didn't think I would leave before 2 years as I have always worked for previous employers for around 4-5 years each. I am out of work as I left my previous job to move back and DP only started a new job today as he also left his job too. I don't know what we are going to do and could really do with some advice as I am desparate.
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chaffinch · 12/12/2007 11:28
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