I"m about to do something I don’t normally. Usually I don’t blast companies by their real names in my blog, but I am so angry about this particular topic today that I can’t help it. (Yes I let it sit and simmer for 3 days now)
Back in So. Cal I taught yoga and kickboxing. (I’ll be my background there in another post)
Recently I decided to get back into it here in Colorado.
I went to Lady Fitness. They were very excited to meet me and definitely wanted me to teach a class. We chatted, I handed over my large stack of certifications and trainings. I am extremely qualified.
They asked my rate, I went with a number I felt was acceptable. They said ok. (no indication that this needed to be cleared with corporate or the owner)
I began teaching… Every Monday night. Since mid March.
Then I got my first check, (that was monday – seems a bit long to wait, no?)
My rate was off by a factor of 3.
That rate was the rate I started at in 96.
The rate was a single digit.
I called assuming it as a clerical error.
My manager said no problem let me call head quarters
Headquarters called and restated the problem the wrong way thinking I needed my rate reduced… Bwahahaha. As if. I said no the number on the check was the problem.
They said ok, let me re-verify with your manager.
I get a call a couple hours later from the owner.
She mentions she has a note that something is wrong with payroll.
I say, oh yes, thanks so much for calling, it should be 3 times higher.
She asks who agreed to this rate – my manager and her underling.
She says we start people at that rate (let me mention again that this rate is a single digit).
I said I will quit if I am not getting the number we agreed on.
She says we wont pay you that.
I say then you can give my class away.
She says thank you and hangs up. (At least she had manners, i guess)
The more I think of it the more upset I get.
I am used to a handshake and start teaching.
That is the way it always was in every club I taught at in
I think of the 3 times the amount of money I am now not getting. I even taught a class as a sub for them when I was sick. It effected my first 2 weeksat my real work since I over did it.
I’m still seething.
So, if you happen to be looking for a club to be an instructor at – don’t teach there, they don’t keep their word.