I asked Montana for the pension paperwork right as I was leaving work tonight. He said that he didn't have it because Julia hadn't been into the office today. Then he asked a question (which I don't remember) to clarify and he referred to it as "taxes." I corrected him and told him that our pension and taxes are two separate things. He said he didn't know what our contracts say, to which I replied that it had nothing to do with our contracts, that it is the law (we must pay 4.5% into it and the company must match 4.5%). He again stated that he didn't know anything about foreign contracts, and I repeated myself. Then we said our goodbyes and I left for home.
I tried to call Ian to tell him that we may have a problem, but the line was busy. A few minutes later he called me, telling me that he had just received an angry phone call from Montana. He had called Ian after I left to clarify this whole taxes versus pension situation. When Ian told him that we and the company must pay our 4.5% halves, things started to get ugly. Montana wasn't having it and when Ian asserted that it is the law, Montana said that Ian was threatening to shut down the company. Of course, Ian stated clearly that he did not say that or even imply it, but Montana was adamant. He told Ian that we'd have a meeting (including Julia) tomorrow at noon to "figure this out." He basically closed the phone call by telling Ian he'd made a big mistake. Remember, Korean libel laws are archaic and extremely harsh.
So, I met Ian at the Sinback campus where we printed out the English information regarding pension from a site for expats and directly from the National Pension Scheme's website. We did the math and figured out that our "taxes" taken out of our paycheck don't add up to 4.5%, which means that we most likely haven't been paying into the plan and neither has Yoon's. As we were walking home, Ian decided to call Montana back, hoping to end things on a lighter note. Montana insisted on referring to our pension as "taxes" and stated that pension was "not a must." The US has an agreement with Korea (France, Germany, Canada and Hungary have the same kind of agreement and other countries have different stipulations) and it is legally required for both parties to pay the tax. While it's our fault for never having run the math before, Yoon's was in charge of any and all deductions from our paychecks. If it hasn't been paid by either of us, I'm not sure there's anything we can do. If that's the case, we've lost another $2,500.
This nightmare just won't end. I miss my country. At least I understand its flawed labor laws.
Can someone tell me the feasibility of taking legal action from the US against a foreign company? I'm going insane here, I need options.
So tomorrow we will have a meeting at noon with two people who want nothing more than to screw us over in every way. It'll be our first face to face with Julia since she canned us.