Commissioned dealer employees: What are the laws?

I was recently terminated as a Finance Director from an automobile dealership. My "effective date of termination" was 12/21/04, with termination paperwork completed on 12/27. I did not receive (what was supposed to be) my last check until 01/07/05. I was still owed $12000 (a bonus of $500/unit x 24 units). On 01/27 I received a check for $3600. My employer said that I was to be paid on units that had been installed only (though they've been paid on all sold).

Also, they continued to take out "charge-backs" though I was not employed there for the last month.

Are either of their actions legal?

I have other questions, as well, & would very much like to speak with someone.

Thank you in advance for your time,


1 answer  |  asked Feb 6, 2005 2:44 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (1)

Richard J. Vaznaugh
Wages and Termination

They were supposed to pay you your last paycheck on 12/21/04 so they owe you a penalty from that of about 17 days of wages - that's your total, most recent wage rate including bonuses divided by the number of work days to come up with a daily rate.

I don't know enough to answer about the chargebacks.

If you would like a consultation I charge a discounted rate of $225 for an initial consultation of about an hour or $450 for a two hour-ish consult.

Sincerely, Richard Vaznaugh

posted by Richard J. Vaznaugh  |  Feb 7, 2005 3:05 PM [EST]

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