Unpaid commissions can be a significant source of stress and frustration for employees who rely on them for their livelihood. If you're struggling to collect the commissions you've rightfully earned, it's essential to know your rights and the steps you can take to pursue them successfully. In this blog post, we'll outline five strategies to help you unleash your power and secure the unpaid commissions you deserve.
1. Understand the Texas Payday Law
Before pursuing unpaid commissions, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with the Texas Payday Law, which governs the payment of wages, including commissions, in the state. Under this law, employers are required to pay commissions according to the terms of the agreement between the employer and employee. If your employer fails to pay your commissions as agreed, you may have a legal claim for unpaid wages.
2. Review Your Employment Agreement
Thoroughly review your employment agreement to understand the terms and conditions governing your commissions. This includes the commission structure, payment schedule, and any other relevant provisions. If your employer has violated any of these terms, you may have a strong basis for pursuing unpaid commissions.
3. Document Your Unpaid Commissions
Keep detailed records of your sales, commission rates, and any communications with your employer regarding unpaid commissions. This documentation will be crucial in proving your claim and ensuring you receive the full amount you're owed.
- Track your sales and commission rates: Maintain a spreadsheet or other records of your sales, the commission rates applicable to those sales, and the amounts you believe you're owed.
- Save emails and other communications: Preserve any emails, texts, or other communications with your employer discussing your commissions, particularly if they acknowledge that you're owed money.
- Request a commission statement: If your employer hasn't provided a commission statement, request one in writing. This can help establish the amount you're owed and may prompt your employer to pay your unpaid commissions.
4. Communicate with Your Employer
Before taking legal action, try to resolve the issue with your employer. Communicate your concerns about unpaid commissions and provide documentation to support your claim. In some cases, your employer may be unaware of the issue or may be willing to resolve it without involving the legal system.
5. Seek Legal Assistance
If your employer refuses to pay your unpaid commissions or disputes your claim, it's time to seek legal assistance. An experienced employment attorney can help you navigate the complexities of Texas employment law, gather evidence to support your claim, and negotiate with your employer on your behalf.
At Josephson Dunlap, we specialize in helping employees recover unpaid wages, including commissions. Our team of experienced employment attorneys can help you unleash your power and pursue the unpaid commissions you deserve. We understand the challenges faced by employees in these situations and are committed to providing personalized, effective representation.
Don't let unpaid commissions hold you back from achieving your financial goals. Contact Josephson Dunlap today to discuss your case and take the first step toward recovering the compensation you've rightfully earned.