Workers relying on commissions earned number thousands around Thousand Oaks, up into the millions in California alone. Sales positions, particularly, are ones that work strictly off commission or have salaries with added ‘perks’ like commission. When employers miscalculate, or simply fail to pay these wages, lives are ruined. Mortgages don’t get paid, children go without clothing and basic needs, and families are often sprung into upheaval.
Those who’ve been denied commissions owed can call the unpaid commissions attorney Thousand Oaks employees have trusted for many years, The Kaufman Law Firm. Recovering monies owed, plus additional compensation for losses incurred due to nonpayment, are possible in cases like this. Our firm knows how important commissions are to those who’ve earned them, and work diligently to collect what’s owed.
Many commission-based positions will clearly outline what percentage each employee will earn, with additional amounts as milestones are hit. Some contracts outline minimum sales or goals must be met to maintain employment or qualify for bonuses. Contracts can be verbal, or spelled out on paper, but are binding nonetheless; employers who breach their own contract are civilly liable for whatever damages you incurred resulting from their nonpayment.
Underpayment is another issue when employees receive their commission checks. Provided you reported all sales or met requirements to receive extra pay, companies cannot withhold money owed. Again, damages sustained by our clients will be litigated civilly, regardless what excuse is manufactured by your employer’s HR department. Mistakes do happen; wage fraud, however, isn’t done by mistake. An unpaid commissions attorney Thousand Oaks workers retain must ascertain obvious mistakes from blatant fraud.
Much like other wage cases, proper protocol must be followed. Your payroll department must be made privy of their mistake and, should they fail to correct commissions owed, can be complained against with FEHA. Once the complaint is logged, The Kaufman Law Firm can handle discussions should workers feel inadequate or fearful of retaliation. We do get cases often where employees were fired for reporting nonpayment of commissions owed, which opens up another potential civil suit.
Commissions you worked hours to earn are yours. They don’t belong to your employer, your neighbor, some random stranger walking downtown – they’re yours. Once an employer fails to uphold their duty in properly paying their commission-based employee, a civil crime is committed. And our firm wins cases where employers felt obligated to keep earnings for themselves. Period.
Plaintiffs bringing action against employers should bring pay stubs proving commissions were correct one week, but not paid the next. If multiple weeks pass and commissions aren’t properly paid, we’ll recover them – no matter how long it’s transpired. Getting multiple weeks’ worth of commissions paid, along with pain and suffering, isn’t entirely uncommon in cases like this. But you should act quickly.
Our firm specializes in all areas of employment law, including unpaid commissions. Should one or several pay periods pass without proper wages, it’s important to call the unpaid commissions attorney Thousand Oaks employees know has their back – The Kaufman Law Firm.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.