cpdunbar on sat 21 nov 98
this appears to be a question of contract, whether actually written or
if you were paid for your time and work, then she actually owns what you
do during the time you were employed by her. she may decide to mention
you, but she is not obligated to do so unless you specifically mentioned
this in an earlier employment contract. if taken to court, she would
win, and you would lose a good contact and source of employment.
this is much like a chemist working for a large corporation. anything
they discover or develop while on the clock is the corporations totally.
if the aforementioned corporation makes a mint, then they reap the
benefit of having the intelligence to employ the chemist. likewise if
all discoveries are a bust, they lose the money they invested in this
many times it is easier to see the implications while looking at the
negative side. i.e. if you had made a mold that was poorly made,
designed, etc. would she not have to eat the time that she agreed to pay
you for developing the mold. you surely were not going to make a mold
out of the goodness of your heart, only to be paid if it worked.
likewise she should reap the benefits of your labor because of her
willingness to risk employing you.
you may enter into a new contract at any time for work not done. but
water under the bridge is just that. chaulk it up as a compliment that
someone is willing to bet on you. everyone can not say that. also chaulk
it up as a learning experience to put all employment agreements in
writing, including what may initially appear as details not worth
your attitude appears good, and good people always win. don't you watch
the shows with the guys with white hats ?
win wars, not battles, and choose your battles wisely.
good luck, cp