Texas Unpaid Commissions Lawyer
Unpaid Bonuses Attorney
Salespeople work hard for their income, whether that comes from working the phones, pounding the pavement, or spending all day in the Texas heat in and out of their cars. It stands to reason that they deserve the fruits of their labor in the form of commissions, even if they choose to leave their current employer for another opportunity. When this type of injustice happens, our Texas unpaid commissions lawyer has the knowledge and experience to step in and help.
Do I Have a Legal Right To Claim My Commissions or Bonuses?
Employers often use a range of incentives to achieve various objectives. The terms “commission” and “bonus” are sometimes used interchangeably, as an employer may offer a bonus to a team if they meet certain productivity targets.
The details of the commission or bonus structure are typically outlined in an employment agreement, contract, offer letter, or commission or bonus plan. If the employer fails to fulfill their commitment, Fair Labor Law can assist you. We can evaluate all relevant legal documents and determine both the strength of the case and the options available for enforcement.
Can My Employer Refuse To Pay My Commissions After I Quit or Get Fired?
What if the salesperson did all the hard work and closed the deal, but it didn’t become official until after the date of resignation or termination? Does a company have to pay bonuses or commissions if you are no longer employed on the payout date?
The answer to this question may depend on a number of factors, some of which can be quite nuanced. It may depend on the exact terms of your contract, offer letter, company policies, or the commissions or bonus plan. For example, is there language in the contract regarding termination? A prime example would be a term stating that no commissions or bonuses are due if a salesperson is terminated with cause. Or simply that payment is conditioned on continued employment as of the time the bonus or commission is due to be paid. Absent such language conditioning payment on continued employment, Texas employees usually have a right to their earned commissions or bonuses even after separation from employment.
Another circumstance might involve an oral commitment on the part of the employer that was not followed through on. In a case like this, all is not necessarily lost—oral agreements can be binding under Texas law. But there’s still the matter of verifying exactly what was agreed to in the conversation.
Our Texas unpaid bonuses attorney can be an invaluable asset when it comes to investigating these and other tactics employers use to avoid paying their salespeople what’s been rightfully earned. Over fifteen years of experience focusing on unpaid compensation cases helps us know what questions to ask, whom to ask, and what issues need to be raised in an effort to unearth the truth.
Fair Labor Law can be reached by calling the office at (888) 333-7147 or by using our online contact form.
It’s generally a good idea to simply approach the employer and let them know of the issue with unpaid commissions and bonuses. Sometimes delayed payments are unintentional or otherwise can be resolved with minimal acrimony. Strike a respectful tone and give the company the benefit of the doubt. Solving a problem privately is more efficient than going to court.
But if the employer does not respond appropriately, then it’s time to reach out to Fair Labor Law. Our objective is still to reach an amicable settlement, but we can communicate to the employer that we are prepared to go to court if our client is not made whole.
Another option is to file a wage claim with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), which has the authority to investigate and order the payment of unpaid commissions or bonuses that were due within 180 days before the TWC claim was filed. Our Texas unpaid commissions lawyer can advise clients on the best path to take.
We’ll Work to Make You Whole
You worked too hard for your money to simply let the employer pocket everything without a fight. Fair Labor Law is here to advocate for people who simply want justice—being paid for the work they did. We know the process, the system, and the law, and we believe strongly in what we do. Call our office at (888) 333-7147 or contact us online today.
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