Encore Nationwide / abusive employer
Where to begin with these people? First let me say that I read multiple stories online about this company that are very similar to mine, all negative, but I took the gig anyway. Let me also say that I don't think Borghese is responsible for the extremely poor treatment by Encore of its promo models or beauty advisors. I enjoyed representing Borghese, and it is a good product. I used to model for them decades ago, so when this gig came up, I was happy to take it.
Encore is running some type of labor scam, in my opinion. They are slow, slow to pay. My first check I got in 35 days, the second and third checks, more than 7 weeks. I worked 2 gigs for them in January, and 2 in February. Easy gig. Dress up, look pretty, go in and sell. Great gig for a model, an actor, a counter manager, or BA.
Month of March comes, not a word from them. Then, out of the blue, I get an email from the coordinator would I be available for Leesburg or Chantilly; I say I think so. I make very clear in my email, I would like to do 2 gigs a week, maybe 3, if they are local.
So they agree, and the first gig for April goes into my planner. I then get an email from a VP of client services; would I be interested in a selling specialist job. I said I would look at it. Consider it. She sends me a contract, offer letter, direct deposit payroll info, an overwhelming amount of info to make a snap decision. I answer, I would like this position if it is in the radius I want to travel. I also say that I need to be paid for work previously done, before I can do more work for them.
I go into my eplanner, and it is flooded with bookings. 15 bookings. This was not what I asked for, and I never signed any employment contract. When I express my concern; they locked me out of the system.
I feel like I was set up by these human traffickers. Why would they choose me, out of all of the people in this region, they pick me? Also, they say the specialists are paid every two weeks by direct deposit, but the promo models have to wait 6 to 8 weeks. Something is not right here. They need to be investigated by the labor department.
My instinct tells me that they want one person taking on the expense of doing all this work for them, in effect having one person cover the whole region, rather than 10 promo models. So they squeeze the talent while billing the client for maximum pay and then sit on the receivables as long as possible.
This is a shoddy operation. White trash human traffickers. I am embarrased that Borghese or Costco would have anything to do with them, They are employing people, never paying many of them, and retaliating against employees who question them.
Rather sounds like a criminal mindset, doesn't it. Beware Europe. I hear they are coming there next. The people they hire will never get paid.
I am Cynthia Rouse. Former actress, model, entrepreneur, successful writer. Former counter manager. Top cosmetic talent. How dare these people treat me, or anyone else, like this.