When you work hard and earn commissions, you rightfully expect to receive your due compensation.
However, there might be instances where employers withhold commissions, creating a frustrating situation for employees. It is important to know your rights and the steps you can take if you find yourself in this situation.
When can employers withhold commissions?
Employers in Texas can withhold commissions from employees under certain circumstances. These circumstances usually revolve around the terms agreed upon in the employment contract. If the contract clearly outlines conditions under which commission withholding is acceptable, employers have the legal right to do so. For example, if an employee’s sales do not meet a certain threshold or if a customer returns a product that was part of a commission-based sale, the employer may withhold the corresponding commission.
How can I recoup withheld commissions?
As one of the approximate 2,158,440 workers in the United States who rely on commissions, getting what you worked hard for is essential. If you believe your commissions have been wrongfully withheld, there are steps you can take to recoup the money you rightfully earned:
- Review your contract to ensure your employer followed the agreed-upon procedures.
- Initiate a conversation with your employer. Express your concerns and provide any evidence to support your claim of wrongfully held commissions.
- If communication with your employer doesn’t yield results, you might need to escalate the matter to an HR representative.
- If all else fails, you can file a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission.
When you rely on a commission as part of your wages, not receiving it creates a financial strain that should not happen. Luckily, you have rights to reclaim that hard-earned money.