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Many years ago I paid an employment agency a fee (sm)

Posted By: Hard lesson learned on 2007-04-04
In Reply to: Scam - ERMT/Oncology MT2

for what seemed like a great job (non-MT). Two of us were hired for a job that didn't have enough work for even one person! In the meantime, I was making payments to the employment agency each paycheck. The two of us were working hard and doing well (we thought!)

The week before my last payment was due to the employment agency, out of the blue the manager began to find fault with every little thing we did, even if it was what she told us to do the day before.

I got suspicious, and on a day she was absent, found her file cabinet unlocked and took a look through her employee file. (Don't even bother to lecture me - I KNOW it was wrong, but I did it anyway.)

What I found was VERY interesting: It turns out that every few months, this company hired 2 people from this agency. They would keep them only until that employee had made their last payment to the agency, then let them go and hire 2 more. Also, our manager was very good friends with the owner of the employment agency!

Sure enough, a few days after my co-worker & I made our last payment to the agency, we were let go. Talk about a scam! And of course, back then I was too young & naiive to know I had a legal recourse.

LESSON LEARNED: Never, ever, pay anything for a job. Your skill is the asset, and you are selling it to the employer for your wage. (So don't sell yourself cheaply!)

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