Hi I am currently working in a teaching job in the Czech Republic, and have a few weeks left on my contract, however my grandad (who raised me) is becoming increasingly ill and my elderly grandmother really needs some immediate help to arrange things for him. I want to try and get home as soon as possible to help out as she is becoming more and more distressed. Throughout my year here I have had several problems and have battled depression, during this time I recieved little help from my supervisor, instead she threatened to fire me if i let my personal life get in the way of work. What I am worried about is, if i do leave 2 or 3 weeks early would the company sue me. I dont care if they dont pay me for the last month that I have worked, but would they try and get more money from me.
over two weeks? doubtful. Which school?
I don't want to name the school on here but if they do sue me how much would the be able to get
I doubt any reputable school would sue someone for leaving early for a personal emergency. Your family and your health take precedence over anything else. However, it sounds like you have other issues, as well. This is probably not the right job, in the right place for you at this point. It's not your school's or your supervisor's responsibility to offer you "help". Your supervisor would have been quite justified to fire you for letting your "personal life get in the way of work" if that meant you were continually missing lessons or appointments with students. The school you work for's primary responsibility is to their clients (your students). In my 14 years of teaching here, I've had to take over for teachers who have had personal problems that left their students without a teacher for weeks at a time. The students, who are paying (one way or the other) for their lessons deserve to have a teacher who puts them first.
Quote: Alexander.HannayI don't want to name the school on here but if they do sue me how much would the be able to getYou would need to speak to a lawyer for specifics but in general terms an employer can sue for loss of earnings when someone leaves without consent. They would also have to prove on paper in court how much they lost with you having done a runner, I think a couple of weeks worth of lessons wouldnt be worth the hassle and costs of a court case to them.
I dont plan on returning to the Czech Republic and as we are on a project working in public schools there actually wont be much in terms of loss of earnings
Do you work as a hired freelancer or on a normal employee contract? I would talk to my boss, explain the matter and even try to find a replacement for the school. You said it was a project in public schools - so it shouldn´t be a problem. Or maybe they know about somebody who could cover for your remaining time. Doing a runner with no warning is never a professional behaviour. Your next employer might want a recommendation...
Its a normal employment contract and in terms of finding cover we are essentially coming in to assist teachers with their classes (as native speakers), therefore there class teacher will still be there. I am going to talk to my employer tomorrow, but I really need to get out of here as soon as I can. I am just worried that they may prevent me from leaving and if I do, they will then sue me
And how would they prevent you from leaving the country? Take your passport? If you just assist a teacher, try to find somebody who would take over... It doesn´t sound complicated. Try facebook groups like "Jobs for foreigners in Prague" or "Crowdsauce".
I suppose I am thinking about them suing me if I say I am going to leave
And if they say they might, you won´t leave? You were talking about leaving without talking to them. So what difference does it make if they sue you with knowing about it or not? If it even ever comes to the suing matter. If you were an employer, what would you expect from your employees? To come and talk about it or just run away like a kid?
I was never planning on running away without telling them. I was worrying about not completing my contract and what they might do
Quote: Alexander.Hannay What I am worried about is, if i do leave 2 or 3 weeks early would the company sue me.So how would you do this??
by telling my employer of my family issues and saying that i really need to go back home
Quote: Alexander.HannayI dont plan on returning to the Czech Republic and as we are on a project working in public schools there actually wont be much in terms of loss of earningsI asked my lawyer this same question recently as a mate of mine is thinking of leaving their job early, Im not the lawyer but as I said it comes down to loss of earnings... and if its not going to be much then I think you are just left with more of a moral issue then financial one. Good luck.
This is what google found when asked about leaving a job when still under a cotnract: Náhrada škody Zaměstnavatel má právo na zaměstnanci požadovat úhradu zaplaceného pojistného na zdravotní pojištění, které je povinen zaměstnavatel hradit i za dobu neomluvené nepřítomnosti v práci. Zaměstnavatel může na zaměstnanci dále požadovat náhradu škody, kterou mu zaměstnanec způsobil zaviněným porušením povinností při plnění pracovních úkolů nebo v přímé souvislosti s ním. Porušením povinností při plnění pracovních úkolů bude právě ta skutečnost, že zaměstnanec svojí nedbalostí nebo úmyslem do práce přestal docházet, své povinnosti podle pracovní smlouvy neplní, a pokud zaměstnavateli v důsledku tohoto postupu vznikne škoda, může ji na zaměstnanci požadovat. Ke škodě na straně zaměstnavatele může dojít např. tím, že zaměstnavatel nesplní včas svou povinnost vůči odběratelům a z tohoto pozdního plnění mu vznikne peněžitá sankce, jako je smluvní pokuta, úroky z prodlení, penále apod.