Have you been working super hard lately, trying to earn that extra commission or bonus? What happens if, despite your hard work, your employer refuses to provide you with the “promised/owed commission”? In that case, you should consult with a legal representative as your rights may have been violated.
If you do not have an attorney in mind, be sure to check in with our Los Angeles Wage and Hour Lawyers. Give us a call and ask for a free consultation, free of charge and without any legal obligations.
After that, you should learn more about the types of unpaid commissions. Listed below is everything that you need to know about unpaid commissions.
The Difference Between a “Commission” and a “Bonus”
The terms “commission” and “bonus” are most of the time used interchangeably. They both represent an amount of money that is due to your performance. However, there is a big difference between the two.
A commission is a money due to you for each individual sale or transaction executed as an employee. If your contract states clearly that you are employed based on commission, you should be paid every time you sell some or make a transaction that earned you a commission.
On the other hand, a bonus is a lump sum amount of money paid to you at the end of a certain period. There are monthly bonuses, performance bonuses, end-of-year bonuses, Christmas bonuses, quarterly or other time-frame bonuses. Bonuses can be also based on the entire company’s performance.
Every time you perform your tasks and earn a bonus or a commission, you should expect to see it paid in full. Whenever your employer refuses to pay, you should start by having a talk with your superior. If they have a “perfectly reasonable explanation” for not paying you your well-earned commission, yet your contract states otherwise, you should seek legal help and representation. At this point, you should seek help from our attorneys.
Also, if you worked overtime yet you were never paid, it is evident that your employer is stealing your hard-earned money from you. Consult with Unpaid Overtime Lawyers right away, schedule your consultation and see what they have to say about your unpaid commissions or bonuses.
Other types of workplace violations that you should be on the lookout for include:
- Unpaid compensable time
- Unpaid vacation time
- “use it or lose it” vacation leave
- Misclassification of employees as exempt workers
- Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- Unpaid or improperly calculated overtime pay
- Comp time instead of overtime pay
- False reporting
- Minimum wage violations
- Workplace discrimination
Be advised that you are not the only one experiencing these problems, and as such, you should seek help as quickly as you can. The longer this happens, the more money you are going to lose as a result. Do not let anyone mistreat you or treat you differently. Fight for your rights and always require fair and equal treatment at the workplace. And for any problems related to unpaid commissions or bonuses, talk with our attorneys and seek legal protection.