If I’m a hairstylist working on a commission basis and quit my job, can the salon hold back my pay?

Asked on August 14, 2015 under Business Law, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you must be paid for all work which you did. That means, if you worked on commission, you must be paid all commissions you earned, less any legitimate "chargebacks" (e.g. if any customers came in later to get a refund or credit) they could normally take out of your commissions. It would be reasonable for them to hold the commissions for a short time, to see if there are any chargebacks, but then they need to pay them; if not, you could sue them (such as in small claims court, acting as your own attorney to save on legal fees) for the money owed you.

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