Q: Am I obligated to perform work for an ex-employer that they say I left unfinished?
I left my previous employer about a month ago, amid extreme frustration with the 55-hour workload we were expected to shoehorn into 40 hours and work culture that gave zero useful feedback. Still, before I left, I did my best to make sure I was leaving no loose ends for my co-workers. It was a good-faith effort, and I left with a clean conscience.
Still, I recently got a call from this previous employer claiming I had left incomplete some paperwork dating to January and earlier, and they expressed an expectation I would take care of these now.
My feeling is that if there is any paperwork I failed to complete, the time to address it was when it was due, or at least before I clocked out on my last day — not three or four weeks later.
What am I obligated to do for them at this point? What can they reasonably ask? If I can and do take care of this paperwork at this late date, am I entitled to compensation as a contractor?
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