I think I could do with some advice.
At the company where I currently work, we needed some product videos made. I proposed a friend of mine, a freelancer who had done such videos before. We went ahead with him, he was asked to come up with a script, find a location for the shoot and some possible options for the talent in the video.
Now my friend was a bit slow with his paperwork. He did not have us sign any contract with him, and he did not send us any official quotes. Fees were discussed, his rates were high but known, nothing was explicitly signed. My employer on the other hand, tends to be very careful where and how he spends his money. I know this, so I had urged my friend from the beginning to take care of his paperwork.
After about two weeks, several meeting and about 16 hours work for my friend, he finally sends us his first invoice. At that point my employer decided he was not happy with the delivered work so far, and decided not to pay. My friend was not happy, understandably. I proposed he take it to small claims court, but he tried getting my company to pay by himself for a while, unsuccessfully.
We are now a couple of months further and my friend finally has taken his case to small claims court. And asked for me to be his witness. On the one hand, I feel he has been treated unfairly and I did promise I would be there for him if he did take it to small claims. On the other hand, my employer is not happy if I were to be a witness against the company I work at.
What would you say is my best course of action? Has anyone experienced this and come out with both relationships intact? Thanks for any input guys and girls!