How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Law Educator, Esq. Your Own Question
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq., Attorney
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 114727
Experience:  20+ Years of Employment Law Experience
10285032
Type Your Employment Law Question Here...
Law Educator, Esq. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I work credit union in Nevada. They informed us approximately

Customer Question

I work for a credit union in Nevada. They informed us approximately 3 weeks in advance that we would receive a sizable bonus, due to the company having a good year; however, there was a stipulation. Anyone who had a verbal counseling six months prior to the bonus effective date would have a percentage subtracted from the bonus. The CEO stated that it would depend upon the severity of the verbal counseling. My verbal was due to misplacing the key and the door opener to the company vehicle. We had a second key. I found the key and door opener one month later. This verbal counseling was my first counseling in my eight years of employment at the company. They withheld $300.00 from my bonus. I know they probably conferred with an attorney, but something doesn't seem fair.
Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
Under NV law, absent a written contract to the contrary, a bonus is a gift from the employer and thus not governed by the NV or US laws. Thus, an employer giving a bonus has the legal right to set the terms of the bonus (as long as the terms do not discriminate based only on the age/race/sex/disability/national origin of the employee) and the employee has no real legal right to dispute the employer's terms of their gift to the employee.
While it may not seem fair to you and you have every right to negotiate it with the employer, legally because it is a bonus or gratuitous/gift to the employee, it is still up to the employer's discretion I am afraid.

Related Employment Law Questions