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I am an at-will employee.
The promise was made orally, there may be a hard copy somewhere.
They're not contesting that the promise of a bonus was made, they're contesting that they're obliged to pay it. Their given reason for not paying is because it is an annual bonus and I will not have been there the whole year.
My POV is that I took the job with the understanding this money was coming and have earned it. Maybe not the whole year's worth, but for as long as I've been there. At the very minimum, I should have gotten the first half at six months and I didn't. I was asked to fill out a midyear self-evaluation, which I assumed would result in a bonus.
If it matters, the business model is that I work for a client who pays my employer by the hour.
No, it's okay. I figured the answer would be something like that. But it never hurts to ask.