Re: Being Sued for Quitting My Job
and in the inverse; it's pretty low of a person to sign a contract and not expect to be held to it. Do you expect the car dealer to stick to their contract when you purchase a car? The seller of a house when you sign a contract with them to buy their house? Heck, I bet you expect McDonald's to give you a real beef hamburger when you order a hamburger at one of their restaurants because that is what they contracted with you for and would be quite upset if they gave you something else and would probably demand to be given what you actually contracted for.
and it's very petty of them to demand I pay them $30k that I don't have. And very low to force me to hire a lawyer I can't afford to fight this.
If/when you are sued you can demand the original contract with your signature on the contract so you can verify that that was, or wasn't, the contract you actually signed. Since you misplaced yours, that is your only hope in proving they altered the contract.
Probably? Number they pulled out of their butt?
They said they had to pay $30k to train me, but that's a number they pulled out of "you know where". It was probably far less than that.
any proof or even support for those claims?
really? because they made money by what they trained you to do? If they didn't have to train you, they would have made that $500k PLUS the $30k the spent training you so yes, they are out money.
However, even if it was $30k, even it it was $130k they are still not out any money.
that was your choice, not theirs.
I'm not really sure what to do. I just moved, started a new job, have absolutely $0 because of the move, and I can't hire a lawyer. Right now I almost can't afford the quarter it would cost to call one on a pay phone.
from what you have posted, yes.
not a good idea.
Should I tell them to get lost?
I expect they would not agree to such a payment offer and they don't have to.
Should I just settle with them and offer to pay them $20/month until my debt is paid off?
so far that actually is about the most realistic idea.
Do I need to make a quick trip to Mexico to sell a kidney so I can pay them $30k in a timely manner?
Well, I do but whether I do or anybody else does is irrelevant to the matter.
Who the heck even has $30k laying around?
Do you mean: do judges actually enforce legitimate contracts even though one party doesn't want to pay what they agreed to? Absolutely; yes, they do.
Do Judges actually order people to pay employers an amount that could take 20 years to pay off and ruin someone's life?
sometimes it is but since they have actually hired a law firm to collect on the contract, I suspect not in this case.
Or is this just threats to make other employees afraid to leave?
the fact you worked for this company for less than a year is a serious problem for you. While Mr. K was suggesting that the amount owed might be more properly reduced as time passes and they have recouped some of their costs over that time, having been well less than a year would make that a moot point.
I was hired by a company earlier this year
as Mr. K suggested, your best bet is to actually pay a lawyer to read your contract and listen to your rendition of the situation and give you an opinion as to the enforceability of the contract. If the lawyer does give you much hope at winning, you might want to consider booking travelling plans to Mexico.
btw: there is a good chance you will have to travel back across the country to deal with this should they sue you. You would want to ask the lawyer you hire for an opinion to advise you as to whether you have any chance of making them come to your current state to sue you. If you can't make them come to your state, you will likely want to find a lawyer that practices in whatever state the company files suit and figure out how to travel to that state, the almost assuredly multiple times, when needed.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.