I am a regulatory affairs professional and my current position of 3 months poses significant risk to my career. I was placed by a large staffing agency at a nonprofit research organization with a for profit division (see details below). Initially, I was reporting to the "Chief Compliance Officer," who I discovered was also conducting business development and raised the issue to the Officers in the Company and the staffing agency. A change in reporting structure resulted and I'm now reporting to the CFO. I should note that the previous RA/QA Manager left after working with the organization for nearly 20 years.
This organization is providing regulated services in a CRO capacity to a pharmaceutical company, who is conducting a Phase 3 clinical study for registration of their product - FDA approval.
Regulatory requirements and my professional advice are actively ignored and shunned, and the fact is that there is no organizational recognition of this fact and no desire to document anything or conduct business in good faith.
I notified the staffing agency, the recruiter told me that I am on my own and if I want to resign from this potentially career damaging situation, that's on me. *In accepting this position, I was never made aware of the fact that this company is providing critical regulatory services: electronic data capture, clinical data management and statistical design and output - i.e. the clinical study outcomes: safety
and efficacy for FDA approval of the pharma client's drug
It's been 4 weeks since I had this frank discussion with the staffing organization. I've worked 50-60 hours per week and even thought my contract states I may charge overtime, the company will not allow me to charge anything over 40 hours. Again, I feel that signing my name to anything right now has the potential to damage my regulatory career of 13 years and the stress is damaging my health.
I'm without support and need legal advice as to how I should proceed. I am inclined to submit 2 weeks notice but I'm then jobless; the staffing agency clearly understands this but my statement of this fact has put me in further isolation. Another note, this is an organization is severely understaffed in the regulatory and quality departments: 1 regulatory affairs and quality assurance staff member: me, a contractor of 3 months. The stress is too much, I cannot take a day off, I'm asked to work weekends and obliged, which is on me but the ramifications of not working are significant.
I know this is a lot and it's the abbreviated version: what is my best course of immediate action?