Can a company withhold payment for retained consultant services rendered if a time frame was not blatantly stated in the agreement? Eventhough the agreement fee was agreed upon the time frame conversations and email discussions prior to signing an agreement. Especially if they deceitfully and intentionally don't hold up to their end of the agreement by purposely not communicating, providing feedback, responding or taking action after interviews to allow a person to fulfill their end in a timely manner.
They say because a time frame was not specifically stated in the agreement they don't have to pay me the balance for services rendered or candidates they may hire. And can make me pay back the retainer fee because they have not filled the positions yet. I requested payment which is stated due upon receipt because they have not shown integrity towards the agreement or services rendered. And stated they could hire any of the candidates forwarded at no additional payment to me if they dissolved the agreement because of their actions.
Example: An original fee and discussion was based on four positions taking 30 days to fill at a higher rate. But as discussed my services could fill the roles in two weeks and the fee was assessed at a lower rate with a retainer fee payment on this time frame to build an initial relationship of trust for payment and services between both parties. I was assured by the manager that I would be paid. I kept my end of the agreement by forwarding qualified candidates to be interviewed for hire for the agreed upon roles. Afterwards the manager intentionally is not filling the positions or forwarding communication, responding to move forward with hires after expressing interest in hiring the candidates supplied for the roles in the agreement.
Even continued deviating and changing the original roles and requirements from the original agreement while trying to hire the candidates in other positions. And when an additional fee was discussed to be assessed per the agreement that this would be done for additional positions. He would not hire the candidates but contacted them saying they were still interested. And would then request additional qualifed candidates again and again for the original positions. It has been well over the two weeks and 30 days and they have yet to hire a candidate they showed interest in and the candidate was interested as well.