Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Does this seem fair to you?
I'm just so irritated with this entire situation, and now I don't know what to do.
My roommate and I have a housekeeper who is supposed to come 10-12 hours a week. She was originally supposed to come MWF, for 3-4hrs each day. She sometimes came on other days as well and we figured add an hour here, take an hour there, it all balanced out.
While at first we were extremely happy with her work, it started to decline a lot after the first 6 weeks and recently it got so bad that things obviously hadn't been cleaned. It was like she did all the simple surface things like making the beds and dishes and left out all of the hard things like cleaning the floor properly, the bathroom , dusting, kitchen etc.
Then, the week and a half that I was sick, I started realizing that she was only coming for an hour a day, 3x/week. My roommate doesn't work on Wednesdays and she noted the same thing. We tried talking to her about it twice, and actually she was very unresponsive, annoyed even, about it.
Finally, we decided a few days ago to let her go after my roommate talked to her that morning and she still left after less than an hour of work when my roommate went out for 10 minutes to buy milk. We were going to pay her for the time she's worked this month, about 2 weeks at full rate of course, but the agency says we should pay her the entire month as a courtesy.
Generally I feel this is appropriate for most types of work. If we were satisfied with her, I'd do that. I know for a fact that she has other jobs as she told me about them, and she was totally ripping us off! She was working half if not a third of what we've been paying her to work for some time now. Now we're expected to pay her more on top of that? It's not as if we're moving away, she was trying to pull a fast one on us! I just don't think that's fair. I mean, if one of my tutoring students parents said, "Sorry, we're just not interested in tutoring anymore" or "we don't think you're the right tutor for us", I wouldn't expect to be paid for lessons I hadn't taught, even though I'm paid biweekly...
What do you think?