Contract Length – My agency lied to me over my contract length

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Contract Length Problem
Contract Length Problem

Contract Length

A contractor contacted Dr. McLaughlin‘s IT surgery because an agency lied to him over his contract length. here is his story.

Contract Ending

After being out of work for 6 months and only being 5 weeks into a contract that the agency told me was for 6 months, they have just told me that my contract is ending.

It seems that the client had always believed that the contract had been for only 5 weeks anyway.

This has absolutely astounded and sickened me. It was my belief that I would be in contract for the next six months. I turned down a six-month contract with another company because the terms of this one were slightly better and slightly closer to home.

The agency knew about the other contract offer.

Upped the Contract Length

In fact they told me originally that this contract was only for 5 weeks. I told the agency at the time that I had a longer contract on offer.

Length of Contract
Length of Contract

They said that they would contact the client to see if they would take me on for longer. They came back and said that the client had agreed to a six-month contract.

I was over the moon as I am in some financial difficulty after six months out of work.

The client is as bemused as I am.

There was a one-week notice period on the contract and the agency said that the client now invokes this.

Dr. McLaughlin, is there anything I can do about this?

Dr. McLaughlin’s IT Surgery

This is desperately awful dirty trick that the agency has played on you. You asked me not to mention the name of agency, although you told me who it was. This is an agency who needs naming and shaming.

The most important next step for you is to garner evidence and to speak to a solicitor immediately.

It would be very handy if you were to get hold of the agency / client contract. Your client may be sympathetic to your plight and let you have a copy.

I would say that your agency would be on very sticky legal ground here. They will say that your contract is only to provide contractual services to this particular client and that the client terminated this contract with a week‘s notice.

Attempt to Deceive

However, this was an attempt to deceive you and you would be well within your rights to sue for the loss of income because of this deception, for this is what it is.

I would also expect that their might be some sort of fraud involved here and that the police might take more than a little interest in it.

I would only go to the police as a last resort. You don‘t have much chance of getting money off of someone who is in prison.

Use it as leverage though to try to get some sort of compensation from them.

The first step though is to see a solicitor and get his or her advice. If you can go along to see the solicitor with both your own contract and the agency / client one, then that would be a good start.

What a filthy trick that was though!

It looks as if they lied about the contract length.

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