denial of bonus

I have worked for this company for almost two years. I recently received a better offer from another employer and decided to take the job. My employers are now trying to deny me my fourth quarter bonus. My last day is February 2nd, and bonus checks go out right around the 14th. I am curious as to wether or not I can fight this. The fourth quarter ended on December 31st, and I worked the entire quarter. By the way, this is a common practice for this company. They denied a coworker of mine her bonus because she was on maternity leave when the checks were passed out, and she also worked the entire quarter for which the bonus was given. She stated that she knew it was wrong, but she did not try to fight it because she was afraid she might lose her job. ANY advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

2 answers  |  asked Jan 28, 2005 05:46 AM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Margaret A. Harris
Wage Claim

You might also get help from the Texas Workforce Commission, which enforces the Texas Payday Law.

good luck!

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Jan 28, 2005 10:38 AM [EST]
Trey Henderson

You may be due bonus depending on how the plan reads or what the terms of the contract are. Bonus is usually due because there is a plan in place or a mutual understanding between the employer and the employee that a certain bonus will be paid. Either should specify the details on when a bonus is due and who has earned it. Some plans state that an employee must actually be at the company at the time the bonus is paid. If this is not specified, then it would be up to a judge or jury to determine whether the bonus is due to you. I suggest you seek a local attorney.

posted by Trey Henderson  |  Jan 28, 2005 09:13 AM [EST]

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