I am the third person to be in charge of bookkeeping for SecondCo. The first, I gather, used to keep the books before Boss bought the company. I don’t know why he decided not to keep her on as the bookkeeper for the new company; at the time, I had no reason to think I would ever be involved with SecondCo and I really didn’t pay much attention to it.
Apparently when she was laid off, First Bookkeeper presented Boss with an invoice which Boss felt was unreasonably high. He gave her a check for what he believed was a fair amount. She disagreed, and has been trying to get the remainder ever since. At least once before (that I know of) she’s come by the office and left another copy of her invoice for the Boss.
She’s also threatened to take him to court. I know this because, for some reason, the Boss copied me when he replied (basically, “Go ahead.”)
Yesterday she showed up at the office again, apparently with the intent of camping out in the lobby until he paid her.
He called the cops. And filed a harassment charge against her (seems she’s been here several other times I didn’t know about).
I don’t know the details. I don’t know what kind of agreement they had when he bought the company. I don’t know who’s right or wrong (my guess would be, “nobody.”)
Frankly, I don’t want to know. The most I’m willing to guess is that whatever she wants, she didn’t have it in writing beforehand, or she’d already be in court with a copy of it. I don’t want to get in the middle of this dispute; I had no say in the hiring or the firing, I had little evidence of the work she did or did not do before I took over (she was trying to leverage access to it in order to get paid—didn’t work, I just wound up scrambling to re-do it all).
She vacated the office before the cop showed up, but now she can be arrested if she returns.
I sure hope I don’t get deposed for this shit.