I hope you could help me sort out this predicament.
I was an independent contractor for a digital marketing agency in Alabang. We have a digital contract signed through Hellosign.
Our agreement was to have a pay-per-production scheme, which would be sent out every month on the 15th and 30th.
I manage my invoice sheet, and my client has access to it. The last changes on my invoice sheet had the following changes to the terms:
All content that is submitted AND approved by 5pm/mst on the 10th will be paid on the 15th
All content that is submitted AND approved by 5pm/mst on the 25th will be paid on the last day of month
5% discount on every Php 10k within a pay period
Maximum of 3 revisions
We had talks about a discount, on 9/21, but we have not agreed on a discount. The discount was retrospectively applied to my invoice sheet, which led to a significant deduction on my pay. I felt that this was an unfair business practice, which led me to inform my client that I would no longer be producing content for his company.
Prior to this arrangement, I had referred several people to the business, with my own personal guarantee that the business was good. After experiencing the unfair treatment I had with my client, I warned my referrals to watch out for signs of non-pay, which is what happened to me.
NOW, my client and I had private conversations over email discussing how we could resolve this issue. I explained how the "discount" was not agreed on, and therefore should not be applied. My client responded by REQUIRING me to send an apology email to all my colleagues before issuing the discrepancy of the discount that should have not been applied in the first place..
Is there merit to my complaint if ever I pursue legal action?
P.S. I have copies of the email exchange and the digitally-signed contract between me and my client.
Thank you all!.