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 socrateaser Your Own Question
socrateaser, Lawyer
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 39178
Experience:  Retired (mostly)
Type Your California Employment Law Question Here...
socrateaser is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

i terminated my employment on 7/30/11. my employer refuses

Resolved Question:

i terminated my employment on 7/30/11. my employer refuses to pay my Q2 bonus because I will not be employed when the bonus is to be paid on August 15th. is that legal in California where I work? Employer headquarters are based in TX.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  socrateaser replied 6 years ago.
An employer's promise of a bonus or other benefit after a specified length of employment does not affect the employer's right to fire an at-will employee. But if the employee is discharged without cause, the employee may recover at least a pro-rata share of the promised bonus or benefit. On the other hand, an employee who voluntarily quit before the bonus calculation date is not entitled to a bonus.

See Schachter v. Citigroup, Inc. (2009) 47 Cal.4th 610.

Hope this helps.

NOTICE: My goal here is to educate others about the law. I am always available to answer your follow-up questions after you click Accept – however, if you do not click Accept, the website gets paid, and I receive nothing. This is true, even if you are on a subscription plan. So please click Accept, so that I will be able to continue to provide this service for others in the future.

And, if you need to contact me again, please put my user id on the title line of your question (“To Socrateaser”), and the system will send me an alert. Thanks!

socrateaser and other California Employment Law Specialists are ready to help you