Were You Not Given The Bonus You Were Promised? Our Employment Attorneys for Bonus Disputes Can Help
In many cases, the bonus compensation can actually account for the bulk of a person’s wages. While the details concerning bonuses and commissions vary depending on the employer, you are afforded legal rights regarding the payments you are owed. Have you recently been denied bonuses entitled to you? Whether the dispute is the result of a layoff, termination, or other circumstance, you have legal rights to recover money owed to you in the state of California. Contact our team at the Law Offices of Mann & Elias to learn more how our team can help you through a bonus dispute.
WHAT IS A BONUS DISPUTE?
A bonus dispute often arises in the aftermath of a termination or layoff. In these cases, employers will sometimes fail to pay out bonus compensation owed to the employee, or dramatically reduce the compensation owed as a part of the separation or severance package. When this happens, the employee has the right to confront the employer and take legal action if the compensation is not paid in full. Common disputes include issues similar to the following:
- What happens if an employee closes a sale, but the customer never actually pays for the product or service?
- What actions must an employee complete to be considered the originator of a sale?
- What if the bonus formula is based on meeting an annual target, but the formula is restructured at some point during the year?
WHAT AN EMPLOYEE CAN DO IF THEIR EMPLOYER WITHHOLDS THEIR BONUS
While an employer is not required to offer any bonuses, once an employer promises a bonus or has an existing bonus program, they may become obligated to pay employees who qualify for the bonus. There are many factors to consider when it comes to your employer withholding bonuses, such as:
- Contractual obligations
- Discretionary bonuses
- Non-discretionary bonuses
- Bonuses paid timely
- Bonuses after termination
If any of these factors apply to you and have resulted in unpaid bonuses by your employer, it is important to seek help from a bonus dispute lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible to protect your rights and financial interests. Learn what an employee can do if their employer withholds their bonus.
ENFORCEABILITY OF EMPLOYEE BONUSES
If you have met the requirements for a bonus, then you should receive it. The failure of your company to deliver is wrong and in many cases illegal. As an employee, it is important that you fully understand your rights and speak to an attorney who specializes in bonus disputes to determine the enforceability of employee bonuses. Perhaps you were promised a bonus that was never paid, or you were terminated and did not receive your bonus that you were promised prior to termination.
These types of cases can be very complex, therefore, it is in your best interest to seek legal help from a bonus dispute lawyer in Los Angeles to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
As you can see, bonus disputes arise from a number of different issues or disputes. Because each individual case is complicated and unique, you need a lawyer with experience. When searching for a qualified attorney, look for someone who has prior experience with bonus dispute litigation and understands the intricacies involved in employment law. Under California state law, the first step is to examine the terms of the parties’ contract. An enforceable bonus contract is usually explicitly spelled out in a company’s written policies, so the dispute is in the interpretation. An attorney can help you determine what your rights are regarding these rules and policies.
THE LAW OFFICES OF MANN & ELIAS
At Mann & Elias, we have been partnered together since 1998. We represent clients of every level in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura. In our more than fifteen years as partners, we have settled hundreds of cases, recovering more than $18 million in verdicts and settlements. As attorneys, our success is rooted in our experience, preparation, and advocacy skills. Contact us today for a free consultation.