I was contacted by a recruitment agency in mid April for a software engineering position. I never heard back and ~1 month later I reached out to a company hiring manager directly for a different role/title (QA Engineer).
The recruitment agency somehow caught wind of this and now wants a recruitment fee from the company. The two positions are different. The HR department is investigating what can be done. Unfortunately, this is stalling the hiring process.
Can the recruitment agency do this? I don't see how this is legal. The hiring manager did mention that it is possible there is some restriction on the contract they signed with the recruitment agency.
This is the only legal type document I had to give the recruiter (via email). It is very specific in that they are only representing me for this position!!!
I John Doe give Recruiting Company A the right to represent me for the role of Software Engineer dated (today) 4/21/2016. I am only giving permission to Recruiting Company A to represent me for this job posting with IT Company B. We have agreed to submit you at the salary/hourly rate of $0.00. You also confirm that you have not previously been submitted to this role by any other staffing firms and that you will grant Recruiting Company A the exclusive right to represent you to this specific role. I agree to immediately inform you of any feedback from your submission and to prepare you thoroughly in the event that you are selected for an interview
Please respond to this email with “I accept”