Hi fellow contracters,
Your advice is much appreciated.
I was recruited for a Head Of Social Media role, replacing the current Head Of Social Media (who has since moved to America).
I received a job request for the role, went to interview stage with the Head Of (and the girl she manages) where it was clear the role was to cover her position.
I signed the contract to be Head Of Social Media, with stated deliverables. I started the position yesterday working with the girl she manages (the Head Of is now in America).
A man in the team took me for coffee OUTSIDE of the workplace and basically said to demote me to the same level as the girl AND said 'the good thing with contracting f course is that I can terminate your contract at any stage'. Basically demote or get rid. I was shocked. He is technically 2 grades lower than my position so I wasn't sure if this was why. I asked him to clarify this with HR so the three of us had a face to face and surprise surprise HR said they couldn't legally change my title or contract at this stage. However the Director (who this man is cosy with) said basically the terms of my contract have changed to basically be more junior.
I don't know what to do. Can anyone offer some advice? I have professional indemnity insurance and employers liabilty insurance. Any help would be much appreciated.
I hate to being race into it but I sensed he had a problem with me from the moment I started - small things, he didn't introduce himself, I did. He assumed I was a lower grade than the role, e.g. not knowing certian software that I have been using extensively for the past 7 years.
What do you think I should do?