06-22-2006, 12:30 AM
Esteemed New Member
Originally Posted by Sassenach
You're going to lose your house because of being scammed by one company? How much do they owe you?
I got laid off from my previous employer in Oct 2005 after working for them for 5 years. It was an unfortunate break as my job with them had been disolved. I had been looking for work constantly until I was hired by GSN with a full time offer letter listing my responsibilities, salary, when my pay days were to be, benefits, etc. I filled out a federal W4 and GA State Tax information and sent it into them. My start date was the 15th of May 2006. I'm a single parent and things have been very very tight. I've been working sometimes over 60 hours a week for this company and every time I ask about my paycheck they come up with an excuse as to why I'm not being paid (they are looking for a new building, they are out making sales calls, they are going out of town and will be out of touch for afew days, etc).
I could have been using this time to continue my job search instead of putting all my efforts into working for a company I believed in and have been performing the duties assigned in my offer letter in good faith. I simply want paid what I am due in line with my offer letter and moving forward any legal and other fees associated with getting said compensation.
I dare anyone to go 9 months unemployed with no income, no other job offers, no hope in site, and spend their entire nest egg to support themselves and their family and then work for over a month for a company expecting compensation for your efforts in line with your offer letter only to be ignored and given nothing. I was behind on my bills before I started working for them, now, working as much as I have to make this company successful and increase their distribution base, I have $23 to my name and the company still has not paid me. To date they owe me just under $5000 and since I have not resigned and I have not been terminated and I am a salaried employee not contract or 1099, that amount grows daily.
I am not a contract writer as most people here are. I was hired full time as the Director of Marketing for this company. My experience is mostly 16 Years in Computers and Electronics, 10 Years in Management, and 5 Years in Promotions and Marketing.
I have already reported them to the Georgia Department of Labor. Next is the Chamber of Commerce, the EEOC, and the BBB. I'm seeking legal council and possibly going to the media.
They aren't simply cheating me by working me as they have and not paying me, they are cheating my children and they are committing one of the seven cardinal sins and condemning themselves to eternal damnation.
I am entitled to my salary as is everyone else who is asked to perform a job for an agreed upon wage.
I do not see where there is attack or conspiracy involved. I will take any steps necessary to see crimes and sins against me, my children, and as I am discovering others is brought to justice in one form or another.
It makes me wonder exactly how many people out there they have done this to. They claim to be a start up company, but they were formed in 1984. I think they should have something "started" in 22 years. I looked into other companies associated with this one and they were all forced to disolve by the State of Georgia. This is the only one that seems to have escaped the law so far. I also found out that they use the initials GSN so they can make up a new name when they get into trouble. I think before this they were called something like Global Schools Network or something like that and I'm sure I'll find more as I make more inquiries and find government documentation.
Can you tell I'm more than a little upset. If things were not so desperate for me I may not be this proactive in my quest, however, I've been out of work a long time and I've spent the past 6 weeks busting my *** for this company and making them new contacts and turning in weekly reports of my progress, setting up fundraising programs, etc.
Yes, I'm more than a little upset over this.
Like I said though, this is not a conspiracy or an attack. I simply want paid. If they paid me and terminated me tomorrow, I would be okay with that and I would retract what I am doing. As I have not been paid, they have left me no choice but to take my current course of action and report them to the proper authorities.