My friend (university student) was supposed to work with a businessman/lawyer for her internship this year, and before any contract was signed, she worked ~40 hours for him. He promised they would work out a contract, but for various reasons, she didn't want to work with him anymore, and decided to not sign a contract after all.
She received no compensation for the hours she already worked, even though he called her at unreasonable times and she went to great lengths to always be available. To me, this seems like a (very wealthy and successful) businessman exploited a young and naive student to do some boring work for him.
Do you think there is any way for her to get compensated for the hours she worked? I realise that it's hard to give a proper answer without more details, but I guess I just want to know if this is already a lost case, or if there is anything I can do to help.
- This happened in France, and there are some texts/calls detailing the times she worked, in addition to the work she produced for him.
- This question is similar, but the type of work is different (no colleagues, except the boss' business partners), and the answer relied on particulars of English law.