Collecting Wages for Unpaid Commissions
When someone puts in a hard day of work, they deserve to be financially compensated for their time and efforts. Unpaid wages are not just a moral issue, but a legal one as well. There are state and federal laws in place to ensure that employees are adequately compensated for their time and labor. The Fair Labor Standard Act, or FLSA, regulates wage standards and wage disputes to prevent employees from being taken advantage of by their employers. The FLSA regulates issues such as minimum wage, overtime pay, and unpaid wages, including unpaid commissions. If an employee’s contract includes financial compensation for sales, their employee is under legal obligation to provide that commission. Victims of wage disputes and unpaid commissions in the Daytona Beach, FL area can contact the experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau to learn more about their legal rights in collecting these unpaid wages.
Many jobs include a commission clause in their wage contract. Commissions compensate employees for completing tasks - most commonly for making sales. A commission provides employees with financial compensation that is based on a percentage of those sales. In many cases, this commission is in addition to that employee’s base salary. However, there are also numerous positions that are strictly commission-based, meaning that the employee’s salary entirely depends on his or her sales. Whether commission is in addition to a base salary, or is the basis of a salary, employers are legally obligated to provide commission wages as stipulated in the employee’s contract. Unfortunately, many employers fail to uphold these agreements. The most common commission disputes include the following:
- A sudden change in the commission agreement
- Paying less than the agreed upon commission
- Failing to pay commission wages in a timely manner
- Withholding commission pay altogether
Any of the above situations qualifies as a wage dispute involving unpaid commission. An employee who is facing a wage dispute should contact an attorney to ensure their legal rights are protected.
Fighting for Unpaid Commissions
When it comes to wage disputes, the law is in favor of employees. Employers are required to compensate employees for their labor and/or sales as stipulated by their employee agreement. If wages are being withheld, if commissions are insufficient, or if commissions are not provided in a timely manner, it may be appropriate to file a lawsuit. Our attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau have represented countless clients fighting for unpaid commissions. We have an understanding of wage laws and will fight hard on behalf of our clients to collect the wages they are owed. It is important to note that there is a limited window of time in which an unpaid wages lawsuit can be filed. To avoid missing out on collection for unpaid commissions, employees must take action as soon as possible by contacting one of our experienced attorneys.
If an employer has denied you wages or commission, our attorneys can help you collect the financial compensation you are due. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and find out how we can be of legal assistance.