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I am a manager car dealership last 18 mths. The car dealer

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I am a manager for a car dealership for the last 18 mths. The car dealer has 2 lots. I was the Store Manager for one earning 14% commission on all the deals that we sold & funded. and the owners decided to make a change and move me to finance Manager at the other lot. I never received an updated contract with my new contract rates, so I assumed that I was going to be paid the same, but to my surprise when I receive my check and its substantially reduced to 10%. On top of that, the owner continue to back charge me for commission more than they paid me .(Buy backs and customer repairs) I just feel legally, they can not back charge me more than they paid me.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.

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What happened to the original contract of employment? Did it lapse, etc?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not sure....but my understanding is that until I receive a new contract I am operating under the current one.
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.

That would be my assumption too and therefore they appear to be in breach of contract. I think that you have a fairly strong argument that their paying you "negatively" is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act as well.

Of course, if you sue them they are going to find a reason to fire you and in Texas they can probably get away with that since it is an extremely pro-employer state.