Here's an update in case you find yourself wondering.
Ian and I did a little research this morning about our rights in case we get fired on Monday. Here are a couple of points of interest from the more experienced folks on the Dave's ESL Cafe forums:
- The written warning we received a few months ago is null and void because no one signed and dated it.
- Because of this, if we are terminated on Monday it is as if we were never given warning. Therefore, we are (supposedly) entitled to a percentage (83%, since that's the amount of our contract we've completed) of our severance pay and airfare or equivalent payment. This goes against what it states in our contract, so I am a little confused.
- This money would be owed to us on the day of termination.
- Also, because we would be fired "without notice" we would be owed one months pay for lost income, but I don't really know how this works.
- If we do file a report with the Labor Board, it will take 14 days for anything to happen. But, after that it seems (by most accounts) that things would turn out in our favor.
I emailed Asia to see if she had any information that could help us. This is all very confusing and overwhelming, but we're not going to take it laying down. A few people on the forums reported similar incidents (which is where we got this info) and most people agreed that they were being hosed by their hagwons. If necessary, we will go to the Labor Board and the US Embassy.
As we learn more, I'll keep you posted.