Bonuses not paid
Posted 12 March 2010 - 05:29 PM
Posted 15 March 2010 - 06:06 AM
Why would you think it's unlawful? Bonuses aren't something the employer is required to give you, and policies can change.
"Can I sue for money owed?"
Sure, but unless the employer and you have a contract requiring them to pay you this money, I wouldn't expect to win. Even if this is a formal policy or informal one, that doesn't mean an employer can't say "Hey, Joe, you didn't get the memo; this bonus is discretionary."
You cannot count on bonuses ... or a job for that matter. Even if there is a contractual obligation, that doesn't mean it can't be breached.
I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.
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