I Quit My Job, But Boss is Demanding Pay

Question: Recently I landed a job through a recruitment agency. After three weeks, I decided to leave for another employment opportunity.

The problem is, the unhappy, previous employer keeps on harassing and threatening me to ask me a refund of the money he paid to the third party recruitment agency. The amount is doubled the amount of my total pay during the three weeks period.

I have recently received a voicemail threatening me that I will be taken to court and ultimately “pay more money” than what’s being asked.

What should I do?


The very first thing to do is to look back at the terms of the employment contract and see if there is any clause that governs what should happen when you leave the company after 3 weeks. Depending on type of employment e.g. permanent (which usually comes with a probation period), contract or temporary, each might come with different terms.

For instance, during probation, it is normally OK for any side (employer or employee) to terminate the employment (with or without reason) without further monetary obligation. Someone under a contractual job might need to serve a certain period before leaving, failing which might result in him or her having to pay the “notice in lieu” (again, this should be stated clearly in the agreement).

As for the payment being paid to the recruiter, the employer should have done a better job in safeguarding their interest. There should be an agreement between the two what will happen next in case of the employee (introduced by the recruiter) resigns hastily. In the usual case, the recruitment agency will take responsibility to replace the affected position, failing which, the employer gets some sort of discount or something.

As for the payment, again, look back at your employment contract to see if you are liable for any monetary obligation. Don’t let the employer’s wrath continues. If you feel you’re being victimized here, just tell them to back off, or otherwise you’ll report to the authority. If you’re not sure how well your position is now, talk to the local labor or industrial office and get some advice.

10 Reasons To Quit Your Job

People quit their job for a broad range of reasons. Here are 10 reasons why you might do the same too.

1. Getting another job with a higher salary

Sounds like a very common reason. Perhaps, of every 10 people offered another job with a better salary, 8 or 9 of them will quit their current job, and join the new company. Most people who search for other jobs also put salary as one of the determining factors, so there’s nothing surprising here.

2. Damaged relationship

It is natural for you and your boss, subordinates or peers to have slight disagreement with some of the decisions and the way things are run. But some people respond differently and take the professional and workplace issues as personal problems. Soon, small arguments broke into a fiesta of flying fists and kicks. Now everything is beyond repair, would you stay any longer?

3. Relocating

For whatever commitment (e.g. personal, family and so on), if you need to relocate and your company does not have a branch in a new place, then quitting your job seems like the most feasible option. Dust off the resume and start applying for a new job.

4. Questionable company values

It’s dangerous to stay with a company whose values are those you don’t appreciate. This is especially true when the company practices unethical, or even illegal means of business conduct. If bribery, criminal intimidation, and mobbing are part of the modus operandi of your company, then it’s time quit your job and step out. The faster the better.

5. Your job is no longer fun

Your office used to be such a happening place with good colleagues and friends to hang around gossiping. After 5 years, everything looks and feels so different. Many of your old buddies have left the company. The new colleagues are so much different now. They don’t talk much. They’re not as friendly as your old pals. They’re also juniors and you can’t blend with them. The air is negative. There’s no fun here anymore.

6. You are not growing and become frustrated

Routine is one thing. Now come the stagnancy problem. Now that you’ve gone into 5 years of service, surely you’re ready for a more leadership role. You are ready to supervise the three junior executives, and you can’t wait to mentor them to become the next batch of leaders. You wait for the company to summon you into the management office with an appointment letter ready to hand to you. But it never came. It’s just a pipe dream.

7. Career change

After 10 years being in the accounting industry, you now realized this is not the job you want to do. You want to be a chef! But isn’t it too late now? You asked yourself. In the end, you are willing to take the risk. You take the plunge. Whether this new career field is something you’d remain in for the next 10 years is another question.

8. You hate the rigid employment work structure

For 3 years you have been confined into manning the desk job. Your call to have more diversification in your roles and responsibilities, such as visiting clients and field workers have gone into deaf ears. It’s getting too routine, and it’s getting boring. The longer you stay with the company, the more unstable your mental become. So you leave.

9. You want to pursue with your passion

You figure out, since there are people who make money collecting insects, you sure can do it too by playing Scottish pipe. You may have or have not figured out how exactly you’d earn a living out of your passion or hobby, but certainly you sense a better life, and more freedom. These people will face two possibilities – achieving prosperity in life, or going back to their old job.

10. Employment is not your world

For long, you knew that working for others is not your world. It’s the business and entrepreneurship. Only today you realize you haven’t taken any action. Money may or may not be your number one motivation, but surely, the freedom of work and flexibility is one good thing you want get your hands to. You also know that you’ll work much harder than your current job to ensure you achieve your goals. You walk into your boss office, with the resignation letter firmly within your hands.

Are You Ready to Quit Your Job?

People quit their job for myriads of reasons. Jumping to a new company, relocating to a new place, family commitment, personal problems, workplace scandals, finding new environment, changing career and so on.

Some others, decided to quit to find freedom – physically and financially. They simply want to leave the 9 to 5 working world, do what they do best on their own and in their own way, and attain success in their own style.

They want to start a business. They want to become a writer. They want to say good bye to the usual work day routine and choose freelance jobs instead. They want to become a full time blogger. The list goes on and on.

Quitting your job for freedom takes courage and bravery. That is especially true when you’re good at your job and your boss classified you into the bright sparks category. Because if you are, then there is a good chance for you to come back to the working world, when things don’t go right in your quest for freedom.

Are you ready to quit your job and make a change in your life? Perhaps, the following list of questions might be of help.

1. Can I live without a steady paycheck?

Having your steady income paycheck taken away from you is one hurtful experience, and it is a loss that should not be taken lightly. Money is a very emotional thing and if you handle this wrongly, disaster awaits you. Not only you are deprived of cash, all the benefits such as medical coverage, dental plan, discounted goodies, house loan facilities and so on will be gone. Can you live without them?

2. Do I have enough money to get things started?

Think of the investment that you will need to make to put your plan into action e.g. the new laptop, broadband connection, fax machines, packaging, materials and so on. This should cover both the immediate needs and the future needs. Also note that the money we are talking about here only cover the business operation and in no way it should involve your emergency fund. Can the money be put into good use and drive your venture forward?

3. Will you come back working for people?

When things go wrong, the temptation of going back to where you were most comfortable at – the full time, 9 to 5 job will be unbearable. It is even more compelling if you were good at your job and have been performing well in your company before. More than half of those who quit their job to realize their own dream would eventually end up going back to the working world. Will you be one of them?

4. What is your back up plan?

In case of disaster, what are the immediate action plans you can fall back into? Will you go back to the previous answer? If not, what are your options? Will you be selling the house? Will you be using the emergency fund? Will you be begging your parents for money? Will you turn yourself to loan sharks?

5. Can you wait for years before success?

Success comes with a price. It is not cheap, but it is worth every penny of it. The question is, how long can you wait? Can you suffer for the next 3 years before reaping the profits? If your full time job requires you to be in the office 9 hours per day, can you work 14 hours per day in your own venture for the next 12 months? Only you can know it.