Hi, Rivka, Thank you for your additional information,
I see we are on the same page because you did the right thing in telling the attorney that the meeting will be limited to discussing your re-engagement. If there is one thing you should remember in life is that you should never be known as someone who bluffs. If you say you will do something, always follow through, no matter how difficult it is. Otherwise, people will say, "Don't worry, they'll come around, this is only a bluff".
Make an agenda for the meeting:
1. Hire you back either as an Independent Contractor or an employee;
2. Your association, or employment relationship with the company should be in writing, no "ifs, ands, or buts, Period". If they give you any difficulty, just politely say something like,
"Thank you for your time. These are my basic requirements; if we cannot agree on something so basic, I won't waste any of your time, or mine. Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX the courtesy of meeting with me"
Then say, Good-bye and leave. Remember, they think you have a lot of information they need. You haven't discussed anything with the consultant, but that's only for you to know. The attorney will have a lot of explaining to do to your "boss", if you get up and leave without giving any information;
3.If the attorney agrees to a written agreement between you and the company (Or, written employment Agreement), tell the attorney for how many years (1,2,3, whatever);
4. Increase the percentage of your commission;
5. ***Definitely include a provision that you cannot be terminated, except for -
List one reason which is very, very unlikely to happen such as,
"This Agreement shall terminated on the (First, Second, Third, etc. your choice) anniversary of the date of its execution by all parties to this Agreement. ( Company) shall have the right to terminate this agreement only on if (You ) is convicted of a crime classified as a felony in this State, and for no other reason" felony crime
6. "By signing this Agreement ( Your "boss" ) admits that ( You ) did not engage in any collusion, over or covert with anyone, including any outside or inside consultant
You get the idea. Just make a list of what you want and go down the list during the meeting. Include some items which you really do not care about so that you can "give them up 'in the spirit of negotiations' ". Remember to include a good recommendation on things which must be included in the written Agreement.
Do not, under any circumstances, say anything they want to know until the Agreement is signed and witnessed. Don't let them say that you can tell them what you know while the Agreement is written up. If you do say anything, you will never see that Agreement in writing, trust me. When you get a copy of the written Agreement, review it before signing and have your check list with you so that you can be sure that they included all your demands.
If they do not want to sign a written Agreement, then right before you thank them for their time, remind them that they did not give you any notice, but simply summarily terminated the association you had. Also, remind them that the accusations made by your boss are totally false and if they repeat them to any prospective employer, they will constitute slander and if they write to a prospective employer and include those false accusations, they will constitute libel. Say, you hope that it does not come to that, but if it does, they will have forced you into filing a lawsuit for defamation of character.
Do not ever raise the issue of kickbacks she asked you to offer. That will be your Ace. Keep it hidden for now, save it for when you really, really need it against them and specifically against your "boss".
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