So the situation is,I'm leaving my company in three weeks as I was very underpaid for my experience and I found a fairly good opportunity. Even though I want to do it gracefuly, the situation is degrading very fast as days pass by.
First, I've been communicated that I won't be paid for the summertime forced overtime, that is stated in the company internal governance rules will be compensated "by default" with free time to a given ratio benefitial to the employee. The number of hours that I am loosing here is quite big ( three digit number), obviously the expectative of loosing them all raises hard feelings on me.
In the meantime, the company is in the counter-offer phase. Even though I won't consider it, how they expect me to do so with above situation? Are they nuts? Got to say that the project I am currently in is critical for the company, and I'm probably the most experienced member in terms of the technology and customer's business knowledge.
I'm currently on vacation and I am expected to return for two weeks before leaving definitely, just to perform the best knowledge transfer that I can. Now, is it un-professional to say that "I won't be coming back as I am forced to compensate the summer overtime hours"? In that scenario I will be compensating hours with nobody's approval, and I will be putting my current project in a rather risky situation. Obviously the brige will be burnt here.
On the other hand, If I come back I will be working for free, and I will be asked 150% performance as usual. Doesn't look like a healthy way to end this phase anyway.
EDIT: I forgot to note a very important fact. Free time has to be approved by my manager, so if I decide to compensate myself those hours it will probably be done without anybody's approval, opening the gate for future problems and a very tense situation.
**UPDATE: I've just being told by the manager,that it's up to me:
To transfer my knowledge and leave gracefuly. Won't be paid.
To take that overtime and burning the bridge forever.
This is in southern Europe.