I didn't get paid
getsmartpaul86 <paulchu7 <at> gmail.com>
2006-03-22 00:17:29 GMT
Things have been quiet here ... It must mean everyone is busy.
I thought I would tell my story as it is pertinent to those of us
who write code for a living as consultants to major corporations.
I worked for Hilton Hotels for 1 1/2 years as an hourly contractor
(direct) as a website developer. I also did a small side project for
the Financial Rpt dept.
At the end, they found another contractor they liked better and
decided to keep him and let me go.
Trouble is, I was never paid for my last 2 invoices.
After 5 months , I send a demand letter and get back a Hilton
response that my work was poor and that they hired another outside
consultant to fix it. Thus, they said they were not paying ( 25%
settlement offer ) my invoices to offset poor work on the side
There was never any mention of poor work etc etc etc and everything
was working when I left.
My contract was hourly. The side project was fixed price.
My personal integrity does not allow me to let this bully get away
So, the case finally went to court now almost 2.5 yrs later.
Anyway, my Prof Liability Insurer said originally that the coverage
did NOT cover unpaid invoices.
But, now that Hilton is trying to use Poor Development Work as the
reason, I believe this would now fall in the Errors and Omissions
category ( although this too is bogus).
So, we had our trial finally ( just 2 hrs ) cut short by Court
We now have to do our final closing statements via email believe it
or not. So, I don't know what the outcome is.
I "hope" my insurer will have a change of heart and cover me if
somehow I lose this case.