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