Can my job decide to not pay out my commission?

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Can my job decide to not pay out my commission?

I work for a property management company in Idaho. I get paid 100.00 per 11-13 month lease signed, 75.00 per 8-10 month lease 50.00 for 5-7 month lease. They moved me out of the property and to another one. There were some corrections needed to be made to the leases that I signed so they will not pay me my commission because I am not making the corrections. Is that legal

Asked on August 25, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Idaho

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It would be legal IF that was the agreement or arrangement pursuant to which you worked: that is, you worked knowing that if you could not or did not make any corrections, yo would not be paid. Such an arrangement is legal so long as agreed to--either explicitly, or at least implicitly, by you working knowing that it was the arrangment (working with knowledge of the terms shows agreement with them).
But if that was not the agreement, and as far as you were informed, you would commissioned on leases with no debit, etc. for not making corrections, then they need to pay you for all leases you signed, pursuant to the then-existing agreement. If they do not, you may sue them for breach of contract for the money. Of course, suing your employer is a drastic step, so you might choose to not do this.
(Even if the agreement was not in writing, there was at least an oral understanding or agreement--that's what you can enforce in the absence of a written commission agreement.)


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