I am a professional plumber with 20 years of service plumbing experience. I have owned my own business and worked all over the world in my field. I recently was offered an opportunity to work for a company advertising for a service plumber position for the Jacksonville FL area.
I submitted a resume, and agreed to begin work with this company by the name of AZ Plumbing based out of Boca Raton, FL. The company is owned by some Russian guy named Alex Zadov and the man who hired me was his manager, Simon Leizgold.
As it was explained to me, most of the company's work was done for warranty companies.
When I say warranty companies I mean companies that sell HOME WARRANTIES (often to the elderly and first time buyers.) American Home Shield (AHS), Colonial Home Warranty and Old Republic Home Warranty just to name a few.
The fact that most of the calls would be brief and sometimes was just a call to make a determination as to wether or not a claim was valid was fine with me. This would mean that most of my calls would be brief service calls for which I could be paid after making minor repairs or rendering the expert opinion on a situation and then moving on to the next call. In theory this would be fair for me and the client that had purchased the warranty. I soon realized that this was not the case.
Not only did I witness my trainer commit fraud against the client, I also know for a fact that the prices that were quoted to poor clients were outright price gouging. After realizing what kind of company had hired me, I declined to continue my training. It was agreed that I would be paid the menial sumof $10 per hour while being trained. I agreed to this knowing that because I am expert in the field that the training should be for administrative purposes and should be brief.
I worked 20 hours where I personally performed 90% of the work to prove my ability, and now that I realized what their scam was and told them I didn't think we could do business. They have refused to pay me the measily $200.00 they owe me. If I didn't hame 3 kids and a wife along with $1500 rent a month, I might let it go. But the fact is, this company is stealing from me and all their clients.