Ethical Question w/ a Former Client
Anyway, we worked together for several months and everything went great. But then the company decided to cut him back due to a stock of plenty of content, and they reduced the payout for the assignment by around 65%. So at that point, my client went back to writing these himself for several months, but then he got behind and asked me to write 3 of them as a favor for $600 total. I went ahead and did it....and then he never paid me. At first, it was excuses that he forgot or whatever, but he eventually just ignored me completely.
So here's my question- the "NDA" was not to approach his client for work for two years from our original agreement...which has now passed. Should I be a jerk and contact this company to get paid, knowing that it will likely cost my former client his relationship with them? Or should I just eat the $600 and be the bigger person here, even though I'm clearly in the right?
I'm interested in what others will have to say on this since it's more of an ethical call than anything. I personally don't think I can screw someone over just because they did it to me, but I've since learned that this client has a history of doing this to others. So do I "serve justice" here or "pay it forward" and take the loss?
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