I'm furious...

Subject: I'm furious...
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:49:19 -0600

Tuesday, a large local corporation posted a requirement for a contract role. I've worked for them in the past. Whenever they post a requirement, I get calls and emails from agencies all over the country. I press each one of them to give me their best W-2 rate for the role because from my perspective there's no difference in which of the agencies I worked for. So after a long day of fielding phone calls and emails, I chose the agency that quoted me the best rate... gave them the current resume and a right-to-represent statement.

So, today, I get an email from another agency that they've submitted me for the role and I've been shortlisted for the assignment AT A LOWER RATE. I can expect to be asked to interview for the assignment.

Turns out that the I had worked with the recruiter who submitted me a couple months ago and agreed to allow his firm to submit me for a different role (identified by a specific requisition ID). I did not give his firm a blank check right-to-represent... just the right to represent me for the previous assignment. This recruiter committed a serious breach of ethics. I called him and read him the riot act then made him transfer me to his supervisor (the account manager). I read him the riot act as well.

I really don't want to work for this agency... however, I'm afraid that there's no way I can back myself out of this situation without losing the opportunity to work for the client. I need the job... I need the money. The account manager is doing his best to mollify me, including offering me a much higher rate (basically, he tells me that they'll only make maybe 50¢ per hour on me). He's also telling me that in order for this to happen, I'll have to provide his company with a right-to-represent agreement.

I told him that was all well and good but what about the other agency... the one I originally agreed to allow to submit me for this role. This is one of those large corporations where they do not permit double-submissions. I'm going to call the original agency and explain exactly what happened. There are a couple things that could happen. The original agency could ask me to have the unethical agency pull their submission of me or they could release me but then file a lawsuit against the unethical agency or they could release me but file a complaint with the master agency that all the smaller agencies have to go through.

Like I said, I'm furious. Any advice would be welcome.

Best Regards,

Mike
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