:angryfire I just got off the phone with the manager of the unit where I am working. I have 5 shifts to make up because I was sick. My travel company took out money from my paycheck for 3 shifts for housing. My assignment ends 04/03/2004.
My manager informed me that she is not going to pay me overtime to make up the shifts unless she has a need for me to work! My contract says that I have to work 26 shifts to fullfill it. I DID NOT PLAN TO GET SICK. This was a major illness with me. The hospital ER doctor said I had chest wall pain. I followed up with my own doctor at home and he said to call him back if I got worse. Well, I got worse and ended up going to the ER at my own city and a CT scan was done. It showed a mass! Gladly, the follow-up test the next weeks showed no mass.
I have been in constant communication with the hospital where I have my assignment and my recruiter. My contract only states that I am obligated to work the 26 shifts. It does not say what would happen if I missed shifts due to an illness. I feel I am fullfilling my contract by agreeing to making up the shifts. Now I am not so sure I will because they already penalized me for missing the shifts. (Of course, they will gladly reimburse me when I make them up, but my manager seems to be not working on this with me). Nowhere in my contract does it say that I am to be penalized before my assignment is over!
Please, please, please check into this in your contract before agreeing to anything. I never thought I would get sick. This put me in a major financial bind because I never thought this would happen during an assignment. My assignment is not over and I feel that I have been treated unfairly. My recruiter is rooting for the money side of this and the hospital.
I am so tempted not to go back, but as I said, I had always planned on fulfilling the contract. I am NOT the bad guy here.