a reply to: wwe9112
My friend, you're not alone in your experience.
I am a computer programmer that has specialized in a tool called PeopleSoft for the past twenty years.
I was sub-contracting to a rather large, and well known company. In those geek households such as my own, it is a household name. I'm not going any
further into that aspect of things.
I accepted a contract to do, oh, let's just say dishwashing... and I was told that the contract was going to start that upcoming monday morning. The
contract stated that they would reimburse for expenses at 100%. Well, given the short notice, I dropped $300 on a ticket and got reservations at a
low end hotel (I'm not fancy) near the worksite. This was Wednesday. On Friday, I'm informed that the start date is being pushed back one week.
At this point, where I was able to cancel the reservation for the hotel, not so lucky with airline ticket. So, I'm down $300.
I show up at the sit the following monday. I quickly realize that even though I was told I was going to be washing dishes, what they REALLY wanted
was a tree surgeon. They were upset about this. They interviewed me and asked me questions about dishwashing. They hired me. Yet, they were upset
I was not a tree surgeon. Luckily though, I do know something about bonsai tree keeping, and I was able to do the work they needed. I put in 40 hrs.
I was due to be paid $3000. For dishwashing
The week I was there, I spent roughly $800 on hotel-no-tell, airfair, and food. Actually, pretty cheap if you ask me, or anyone else that travels
I was unable to get the PM to sign my worksheet on Thursday. Friday morning, once back home, I get a phone call from PM. They explain that I have
been found to be insufficient for their needs, and was not wanted back.
The subbing firm I was going through informs me that REALLY WELL KNOWN IT firm has said they're not paying anything for the time I was there.
Apparently, they asked for apples, interviewed for apples, but ACTUALLY WANTED an orange. So they're not paying for anything.
I paid, in good faith, $1100 for travel expenses that was to be reimbursed. I performed 40 hours of work, and at the hourly rate was due to see $3000
(on a 1099, not W2 or c2c) for that work.
The subbing firm "felt bad for me", so they cut me a check for $1100 to reimburse me for my expenses. W00t. I've since gotten a 1099-misc (#7,
Nonemployee Compensation) for that $1100.
Yepp, I now have to PAY FRAKKING TAXES on the $1100 "income" I got (actually, reimbursement for money I paid to GET THERE to do the work) for my
federal tax return.
And the $3000? GONE. Vapor. Just like my week and 40 hours of honest work that I performed.
When dealing with corporations of any size...and a fair portion of the human populace...remember one thing.
Don't drop your soap.