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Are you asking if you have a claim because they salaried and you were not?
Did you have an ownership interest in the business? Was there a written agreement in place?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, as a management employee, the owners had no legal (as opposed to moral) obligation to disclose to you the compensation paid to other employees, even your cousins, if they did not want to. It is within their discretion as to how to compensate the other family members. Though, it is certainly a slap in the face the way it was done. I sympathize with the betrayal you feel, but I do not see any possibility of a successful legal claim without a written contract promising a compensation package.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
No, I am sorry to say, I do not see that there is any claim for you to make. Your father may have a claim, though, against his partners if they were diverting partnership income to pay the nephews without telling him. That could be the basis for a fraud claim.