I worked in KSA for an American contractor who lost the contract. I was promised a bonus of twenty five dollars a day for every day in country. The program manager in country "KSA" tallied up our amounts due and e-mailed the info stating that we would have to return to the USA in order to obtain the bonus which I did comply with. Once arriving back in the USA them Manager here in the USA said it was up to his discretion as to if he would pay out the bonus or not. Note that this is normally given as an annual bonus. But again they lost the contract with the Saudi's which prevented me from reaching the one year mark by month. I have e-mails stating the amount and when it should have been paid. Do I have a right to go after this employer to pay out the bonus? Thanks for any info you can give to my rights in this matter!
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Virginia
Contacting the employer but they won't respond.
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QUESTION: "Do I have a right to go after this employer to pay out the bonus?"
ANSWER: First of all, I am very sorry for your circumstances and I mean every word of that remark. Here is how this works. Based upon your description, you have every reason to seek redress here. Were I in your shoes. I would seek help (free of charge) from the Special Counsel for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry: Wage Claim. This may actually be good timing in a certain sense, as the Labor and Employment Law Division ceased administering the Virginia Payment of Wage Act effective June 25, 2012. Meaning, hopefully your claim being one of the very newest ones under the new scheme will not get bogged down in governmental beaurocracy.
I truly hope all works out for you.
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