Not sure if this is an appropriate place, but would love if there is any insight from any other physicians that may have been in this situation. I picked up some locums shifts at a hospital for emergency coverage during the holidays. Because it was so short notice, the focus was on getting myself credentialed at the hospital. By the day I worked my first shift, I still did not have a contract about compensation, but I did get a call about what my compensation was going to be. We both agreed that the compensation rate was fair for the work/services I provided, and we would finalize the contract once HR was in-house after the holiday.
Just recently, I got a call that the offered rate was too high (reportedly due to HR/compliance issues) and now they will only pay me substantially less than previously offered. I understand I might just have to bite the bullet since I didn't have a signed contract, but any thoughts about reporting a violation via Department of Labor? Any other thoughts about how to proceed?
Lesson learned about having a written contract signed next time.
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