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    Two interpreters were recruited to a job to translate between X and Y languages, ending up in a payment dispute.

    The event was for four working days, but to their surprise, the majority of participants used Z language.

    The outsourcer requested the interpreters to interpret just between X and Y. This made them silent for a long time, which was acceptable to the ultimate customer.

    One interpreter said he felt humiliated for sitting doing nothing and decided on the eve of the third day to leave that event. The outsourcer talked to the second interpreter who used the advantage and required double payment. The outsourcer agreed although he knows that the client will pay only if he sees two interpreters in the booth.

    After the event, the client pays for two interpreters the first two days and one interpreter for the remaining two days.

    Interpreters send in their bills one for two days and the other for two regular rates and double rates for the remaining days.

    The current situation involves a breach of contract. The outsourcer could have been in breach if he insisted on the interpreters to translate between languages Y and Z. This did not happen because the outsourcer asked them to interpret just between the languages they know.

    The outsourcer’s consent to double rate payment is null and void as he gave it under duress in violation of contract laws. Another thing is that double rate by custom is payable to an interpreters working alone for an accumulative number of eight hours.

    The first interpreter who left the event on the pretext of feeling humiliated is in breach. He is liable to pay indemnities and compensation to the outsourcer. He owes the outsourcer the profit margin of the other two days.

    Bottom line: Always sign a contract with your outsourcer.

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